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Nearly 300 Korean adoptees demand S. Korea investigate falsified adoption documents

300 adoptees file complaint
  • Nearly 300 Korean adoptees have called for the South Korean government to investigate falsified adoption documents that mask their real identities.
  • The 283 complaints that were filed have pointed out lost or distorted information.
  • Some adoptees found that their identities were switched with other children who had died, were too sick to travel or were taken back by their birth families.
  • Many adoptees expressed frustration at the lack of information on their adoption papers, which often turn out to be falsified or distorted.

Nearly 300 Korean adoptees in Europe and the United States have filed applications demanding that the South Korean government investigate the circumstances of their adoptions.

Many of the adoptees suspect that their adoption papers contained falsified or distorted information to launder their real identities. During the 1980s, many Korean children were taken from their families during the foreign adoption boom.

US House passes bill that grants intercountry adoptees benefits, paths back to US if they’ve been deported

Adoptee Citizenship
  • The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice have worked together for the past eight years to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved along with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210 in the House of Representatives.
  • “There are people in the United States that know this country as their home; who were adopted, but were not granted citizenship even though they are part of American families,” Congressman Andy Kim (D-N.J.) told NextShark.
  • If enacted into law, “the Adoptee Citizenship Act will enable thousands of adoptees to access critical supports like disability benefits, social security, housing, and education loans, and provide a pathway for adoptees who have been unjustly deported to return home and be reunited with their families.”
  • The bill is now on its way to the Senate floor for consideration.

The House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act with the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021, a bill that would grant benefits to thousands of adoptees who were legally adopted and brought to the U.S. by their citizen parents.

The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice — “an intercountry adoptee-led social justice organization” — have worked together for the past eight years in an effort to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210.

‘Blue Bayou’ director Justin Chon responds to accusations he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story

Justin Chon and Adam Crapser

Director, actor and writer Justin Chon is facing accusations from Korean adoptees and an adoptee advocacy group that claim he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story.

Crapser’s statement: On Sept. 17, Chon’s film “Blue Bayou” hit theaters across the country after it received a glowing reception from Asian stars who attended its premiere a few days prior. 

He Was Abandoned After Being Burned as A Baby, Then a Loving Seattle Couple Adopted Him

Wen Huber

This article was originally published on Love What Matters and reposted with permission.

It all started with a fire, or at least that’s what I’ve been told from the people around me. The scars on my body remind me of it every day. I don’t really remember much from the accident. I can’t even recall the pain because I was only around 1 year old when it happened. Nobody knows exactly how I was burned but the theory is that there was an accident and my family may have not been able to pay for the bills so they had to make the difficult decision of giving me up to save my life, knowing they may never see me again. This is the theory, and we don’t know for sure.

Mom Reveals 37 Awful Things People Have Said About Her Adopted Chinese-American Daughters

Asian-American adoptees are, unfortunately, used to ignorant questions. “Where are you from?” or “Who are your real parents?” are constant queries that these people hear, from adoption to adulthood, and it can be a depressing, “othering” experience.

One mother and photographer, Kim Kelley-Wagner, decided to use her creativity to showcase the pain her daughters go through with each and every question asked through a unique photo series.

Arizona Dad Accused of Human Trafficking by Southwest Airlines Because Adopted Daughter is Asian

An Arizona father and daughter disembarked from their flight home after visiting grandparents in Florida, only to be met by police officers who wrongfully accused the man of human trafficking.

According to ABC, Brian Smith and his 16-year-old adoptive Chinese daughter, Georgianna, were flying from Florida to Arizona after visiting relatives. They had an uneventful flight home; so when they were greeted by police officers after getting off the plane, they were shocked.

Missing Texas Toddler Found Dead After Adoptive Father Punished Her for Not Drinking Milk

Texas toddler Sherin Mathews found dead.

Officials in Texas believe they have recovered the body of Sherin Mathews, the three-year-old girl who went missing after her father made her stand alone in an alley at 3 a.m. as punishment for refusing to drink her milk.

According to the Washington Post, officers found the body of a young child in a culvert near Spring Valley and Bowser roads, located approximately one mile from the Mathews’ home.

Mom and Korean Adoptee Speak For the First Time Since One Became a Trump Supporter

Mary and Rebecca Business Insider

“My mom and I have always kind of disagreed about politics,” Rebecca told Business Insider in an interview, perhaps unintentionally downplaying the issues that she and her adoptive mother, Mary, have experienced.

Graham Flanagan, a journalist for the Business Insider, posted on his Facebook page one day asking for people to come forward with their stories of any familial fallout as a result of the 2016 presidential election. Flanagan said that one story in particular stood out to him, and that was Rebecca’s, a South Korean adoptee and fellow University of Alabama graduate. She and her mother had stopped speaking to each other due to differences in political opinions, as Rebecca did not seem to be able to reconcile her mother’s support of Trump with her own background as a non-White immigrant.