Korea’s Lost Children – BBC World Service documentary

Details of an upcoming BBC radio documentary. Korea’s Lost Children Friday 6 August 8.00-8.30pm BST (19:00 GMT) BBC WORLD SERVICE Every year, around 1,000 South Korean children are given up for adoption in western countries. The overseas adoption programme began in the Fifties, when masses of children found themselves orphaned after the Korean War. Approximately […]

Kimchi Feeds My Soul

Korean food is one of my greatest loves, a love I felt I had always known but had yet to meet, like a soulmate. Adopted from Korea at a year old to Switzerland and then relocating to England aged four, I grew up in Southend, Essex. My Mum has lived much of her adult life […]

Korean Adoptee Artists: Discourses of Migration, Exile and Transversality

Further details of Friday’s seminar at SOAS: Friday, March 19th, 5pm, room G50 (main building) Dr. Aino Rinhaug, University of Oslo Korean Adoptee Artists: Discourses of Migration, Exile and Transversality Abstract: In view of how the development of large-scale globalisation changes our perception of family structures, nationhood and sense of belonging, my presentation seeks to […]

Contributions sought for adoptee anthology

A message just received from Perlita Harris for the British Association of Adoption and Fostering. We are editing an anthology of writing and poetry by adopted adults who were adopted in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland including adoptees born in another country (e.g. Korea) and raised by their adoptive family in the UK. This collection […]

A pizza shovel for the Dear Leader: was he amused by “Kim Jong-il’s Comedy Club”?

Kim Jong-il’s Comedy Club is a Danish documentary which follows the two-week visit to North Korea by a Danish comedy double-act who had received permission to perform in Pyongyang’s National Theatre. The documentary is fascinating on many levels. First, the two comedians are ethnic Korean adoptees, born in South Korea but brought up in Denmark, […]

Saharial reviews Stranger than Paradise

Story: No Yoon Jae (Lee Sung-Jae) was adopted as a child and taken to Canada and now, at age 33 has been looking for his parents for some time. A successful lawyer with a love for coffee and his girlfriend he travels to Korea to meet once more with disappointment. Kang Son Ho (Uhm Tae […]

Love and loathing: This isn’t Romance

It was a good time to launch a play called “This isn’t Romance”. Helium-filled red valentine’s day hearts floated from the balcony of the Soho Theatre, encouraging the passing trade. But people turning up on the Friday night (its second night) expecting to buy tickets were disappointed. It was a sell-out performance, and deserved to […]

Elizabeth Kim: Ten Thousand Sorrows

(Doubleday, 2000) This one’s really depressing, and it’s amazing how the author (this is autobiographical) seems to have ended up reasonably unscathed — outwardly at least. If ever you think you’ve had a tough time, read this book and you’ll feel better: someone’s had it worse. This is the story of the mixed-race daughter of […]