What people thought about the protest

I’ve been watching what’s happening on the internet in English as a reaction to the protest against international adoption from Korea that the Korean mothers staged earlier this month. Overall I think many thinking people were quite sympathetic to the mothers, and people familiar with adoption know that it is a gigantic topic that cannot be adequately discussed in the small space of a news article, and don’t expect a news article to have the complexity of a doctoral dissertation. I hope that those who felt the articles were lacking in complexity will take their discomfort with the articles as an opportunity to learn more about the big picture of international adoption from Korea by — hell, why not? — reading a doctoral dissertation about intl adoption from Korea (!) such as Tobias Hubinette’s Comforting an Orphaned Nation, which is available at Gyobo Bookstore. That is my invitation to all those ex-pats living in Korea, as well as gyopos everywhere, and whoever else might be tempted to start out a story with, “I met an adoptee once…”

Anyway, I did find it interesting that on these sites, some of the same techniques that are deployed against adopted Koreans are being deployed against our mothers: dismissing us by calling us “angry,” dismissing the situation in 2007 by speculating that everything is so much better now than it was 30, 20, 10 or 2 years ago, dismissing the issue by clinging to their own ideas about a country that they know little about, thinking they know more about the Korean system than Korean people do, thinking that people who have been living with adoption for over 30 years don’t have an accurate idea of what happened and have misinterpreted their own lives, and invoking Christianity.

Anyway, here are some discussions on open boards and blogs. I should say that there are some people who are truly to be commended for hanging in there on that Holt board (as well as some others I find to be… not as commendable). Since the most inflammatory remarks are the most fun and scintillating, here is a little bundle of quotables for you: –


chances are, the poor children adopted are orphans from prositution

and the deadbeat johns cannot be located to take responsibility for these poor kids

Americans on the other hand are kind and gracious enough to take these children in

thank you America

DPRK studies

I’ve met a couple of adoptees. females in their early twenties.
suburban east coast..
total basket cases.

some people described them as “damaged” in a sense, not being normal.

Holt adoption agency

So many to pick from, but I’ll post only two:

1) I also wanted to mention that the Lord is just. As much as it may seem unfair to our understanding. In the end, the Judge Himself, the Anchient of Days will take his seat to reward and punish. All those whom got away with horrific crimes here on earth will have their day with Him. And He misses nothing. In turn, all those whom seemed as though they got “passed over” while here on earth will be rewarded beyond our understanding.

2) I have no doubt that Grace is better off with us in a white community in the US than she would be in Korea TODAY. We saw first hand in Seoul how she was treated by people in public as a second class citizen. Grace is much better off in the US where she is treated as an equal and will have many opportunities.

And before anybody from Holt starts complaining that I saw what you wrote, as the CHS people did about a year ago, please remember that you posted your stuff on the internet and people can see it. If it’s public, it’s public.


6 responses to “What people thought about the protest

  1. Not sure where my first comment went, but again, the quote attributed to DPRK Studies above is from a COMMENT at the site, not in the post by me at DPRK Studies.

  2. I love that the internet allows enough freedom of speech to smoke out those who think they are having private conversations. Listen up, folks, the system needs to be hauled in maintenance and updating.

  3. I’ve been really proud of you every time I read a quote or report on your kick-ass activism. Is it completely insane to hope my adopted kids grow up to fight the injustice that fuels ICA just like you? That’s a hypothetical question. I know it is.

    Have you read any dismissals that say that the mothers just plain lie? That comes up on the India AP lists regularly. Did you know that we are dupes if we believe them?

  4. hi sue – i’m enjoying your blog !

    haven’t heard dismissals that birthmothers lie, but it’s not surprising. funny, on one hand, we hear “Your mother loved you so much she gave you away,” (how counterintuitive is that) and then on the other, the sentiment of “Your mother’s a liar and slut.” Regular Madonna/whore patriarchal stuff, I suppose. ^^ miss you sue!

  5. It is so telling that again and again mothers are considered to be ‘angry’, emotional and therefore not to be counted. Congratulations Jane for your actions. I sincerely hope that Korea will honour its children and their mothers by allowing them to stay together. The export of children should stop. There is no justification whatsoever.

  6. Hey, I remember that thread from the Holt BB. I was the ‘bad guy’ with the “why don’t we let Korean girls/ women choose not to get pregnant” stance. Hello, sex ed!

    At any rate, thanks for not calling me out. I recognize some of those peeps though.

    Oh, how long it takes for us to learn!

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