As adoptees it can feel as though we are always looking at Korea from behind a glass wall. Some of us absorb pieces of Korean culture, heritage and history into our lives, yet we may not necessarily feel as though they are ours to inherit. We may find ourselves in a void when we search for our "Koreanness" and end up confused and frustrated with trying to understand what Korean identity even means.
But what if we looked beyond the circumstances that separated us from our birthplace and toward our experiences as descendants of long ancestral lines? What happens when we start thinking about ourselves as rightful heirs to Korea? Could inserting ourselves into the Korean historical narrative empower us to reclaim our Koreanness?
Partly inspired by Min Jin Lee's novel Pachinko, this discussion will explore these questions and more. Please note: You do not need to read the book to participate! And while the focus will be on Korea, this discussion group is open to all transracial adoptees.
Facilitated by Kathy Eow and Laura Knuttunen.
Zoom info will be sent to all registrants and posted in BKA's Facebook group.