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It was actually fairly easy as I called the Korean embassy in DC and told them I was adopted and was looking for my Korean biological mother.They gave me this number for these American nuns in Korea who had kind of made it their life’s work to reunite these adoptees with their biological Korean families.
I just took that file with me when I went off to school. My parents got a Korean ajumma to cook and take care of me.
After I was adopted, my adopted father was stationed in Korea with the US Marine Corp. He did some research and found a picture in my file of my mother and he knew what town she was in but didn’t have an address.
He went door to door for days with the picture looking for her and eventually found someone who knew her. She thought he was bringing me back to her as she had regretted her decision.
Although the series is primarily focused on Korean cuisine and culture, it also intertwines Marja’s personal story. He left my mother when she was seven months pregnant with me, so he never saw me. My brother is also Korean/African-American but with different biological parents. I went to a predominantly white school with a small amount of Asian and Black kids, so there wasn’t much mixture there.
As a mixed Korean adoptee, she was fortunate to have vast documentation and pictures of her early life in Korea that was collected by her adopted family. I only met one and was shocked as I thought I was the only one in the universe.
Was your adopted family supportive in your search for your birth mother? They were kind of hurt that I didn’t include them in the process but my mother would have been overprotective and I just wanted to see what was going on. There is a large community of Korean adoptees, have you connected at all with them?