Episode 09: Kim Stoker

Korean adoptee activist Kim Stoker, 44, sits down to talk with us about moving back to Korea and staying for nearly two decades. She’ll also share her thoughts on identity and of how she has forged one for herself here in Korea that resists the pressure of assimilation and acknowledges the many complex experiences that make up an adopted person’s life. Stoker was also one of the early members of ASK, or Adoptee Solidarity Korea, one of the first Korea-based advocacy groups by and for adoptees.


Episode 08: Kim Craig

Multiracial Korean adoptee Kim Craig, 49, talks to us about her adoption experience, including being rehomed and child abuse. Despite being adopted at the age of five to the United States, she was never given citizenship. As a legal permanent resident, she was able to go about her life like most Americans, with a few exceptions. Three years ago, her life drastically changed when she lost her that identification card while on a return visit to Korea for the first time since her adoption. She talks about having to survive in a country where she doesn’t speak the language or fit in anymore. Her story is an example of the insecurities and struggles many adoptees without citizenship face, and how easily their lives can drastically change.

Ed. note: (Jan. 9, 2017) – According to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Kim Craig was issued a visa to travel to back to the U.S. in mid-December. An embassy spokesperson said Craig indicated her return was imminent.


Episode 07: Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson, 31, is a Korean-American adoptee who has lived in Korea for the past six years. Wilson grew up as a typical suburban kid but struggled with feelings of fitting in and dealing with racism on his own in his almost all white town. At college, he befriended some Korean foreign exchange students and started to feel accepted as an ethnic Korean by his new friends. He also spent time as a youth counselor at a camp run by an adoption agency. Those experiences convinced him to return to and discover Korean for himself. Wilson shares some humorous and touching stories about his life here.



Episode 06: Hana Crisp and Subin Kim

Six years ago, Korean adoptee Hana Crisp, 32, of Melbourne, Australia, found her birth family, including a biological half-brother Subin Kim, 29. Both agreed to be interviewed about their relationship and the reunion process over time. In separate interviews, the biological half-siblings provide a rare glimpse of what connecting and reestablishing family bonds is like after a lifetime apart, and within the context of relinquishment.

Episode 05: Brian Park

Brian Park, 25, is a Korean-American adoptee and is gay. He’s been living in Korea since 2014 when he met his birth family. Park is used to feeling different – first growing up in remote Iowa as one of only a few Asian faces, and later as he came to terms with his sexuality in Arizona, among new friends and at a new school. We’ll hear about his path to self-acceptance and and how being in Korea has meant having to negotiate a different set of societal norms, and why he does.




Episode 04: Miranda Kerkhove

Miranda Kerkhove, 41, is a Korean adoptee from the Netherlands. A translator by trade, Kerkhove’s interest in her ethnic roots was first sparked by language, which prompted a move back to Korea. Kerkhove talks about life back in her birth country and a feeling of duality that has emerged.

Episode 03: Megan Arnesen

Megan Arnesen, 30, of Plymouth, Minnesota spent the summer in Daejeon, Korea on an English teaching internship. She’s a Korean-American adoptee who had already lived in Korea, the land of her birth, previously. This time, Arnesen returned as a new bride and reflected on her reunion with her birth family, being raised in a nearly all-white community in the Midwest and about her feelings about being adopted.

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Korean-American Adoptees Living in Korea