Monthly Archives: July 2010

Yonhap News reports, art exhibit

Recently Yonhap News released a slew of articles in support of Korean unwed mothers. TRACK was proud to help out again and to have our activism be featured along with our friends Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network and Miss Mamma Mia. Since Yonhap news gets funding from the Blue House and is generally pro-government (to whatever government is in power), I think that the meaning is that our message is becoming more mainstream in Korean society and within the government itself.

Yonhap Reports, July 2010

<‘미혼모의 천국’ 호주..생활비만 월 100만원>

<영상뉴스> “색안경을 벗어라” (video)

여대생 미혼모 김득원씨의 하루 (video)

<연합인터뷰> 한국미혼모가족협회 목경화 대표

<연합인터뷰> 한국 미혼모의 대부 보아스 박사

<여대생 미혼모 김득원씨의 하루>

<성폭행·임신·출산…”그래도 딸이 희망”>

스티브 잡스도 오프라 윈프리도 미혼모 자녀

<대한민국 미혼모 보고서> ①”우린 당당한 싱글맘” (includes video)

<대한민국 미혼모 보고서> ②학교서 쫓겨나는 10대 (includes video)

<대한민국 미혼모 보고서> ③ 손은 못잡아줄망정

<대한민국 미혼모 보고서> ④ 얼굴 없는 아빠들

<대한민국 미혼모 보고서> ⑤지원 따로 현실 따로

<대한민국 미혼모 보고서> ⑥ 기업들도 가해자

<대한민국 미혼모 보고서> ⑦선진국의 지원책(끝)

Art exhibit videos

Finally, here is a video by Leanne (Suki) Leith on the art exhibit“Collection of One.” Thanks to Paik Yeonah, Jes Eriksen, Jeanne Modderman, and Solim Sirgey for sharing the photos. Suki is working on a Web site in which you’ll be able to see more information, including the names of all the donors, volunteers, and performers.

Here’s a link to Rep. Choi Young-hee’ site for photos of the closing party for the exhibit.

And these are videos by Jes Eriksen on the making of “A Collection of One.” Thank you Jes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maNVxxc7S9I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE1rb6zir-E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJJiYljZ3r8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovAeYXxUZjQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZPCQ24QStQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6rN-6HXglc

U.S. definition of “orphan” has expanded …

… apparently as a reaction to activism around rights of unwed mothers to raise their children? What is going on here?

My old government link to the definition of “orphan” under U.S. law is broken. Not that I ever liked that definition, but it was one I knew. You can find a non-government link and that definition that I remember here:

Who is Considered an Orphan?

Under U.S. immigration law, a foreign-born child is an orphan if he or she does not have any parents because of the death or disappearance of, abandonment or desertion by, or separation or loss from, both parents. A foreign-born child is also an orphan if his or her sole or surviving parent is not able to take proper care of the child and has, in writing, irrevocably released the child for emigration and adoption.

Now, is it just my imagination or have they expanded the definition? Could it possibly be because certain people are actually standing up for unwed mothers in places like Korea? AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ICELAND!?

Here’s the crazy new definition written by apparently by … crazy people:

The Immigration and Nationality Act provides a definition of an orphan for the purposes of immigration to the United States.

A child may be considered an orphan because of the death or disappearance of, abandonment or desertion by, or separation or loss from, both parents. The child of an unwed mother or surviving parent may be considered an orphan if that parent is unable to care for the child properly and has, in writing, irrevocably released the child for emigration and adoption. The child of an unwed mother may be considered an orphan, as long as the mother does not marry (which would result in the child’s having a stepfather) and as long as the child’s biological father has not legitimated the child. If the father legitimates the child or the mother marries, the mother is no longer considered a sole parent. The child of a surviving parent may also be an orphan if the surviving parent has not married since the death of the other parent (which would result in the child’s having a stepfather or stepmother).