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
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.
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.