Well, it seems that the producers/directors of "Resilience" or SOMEONE on the “Hollywood promotional staff?” continue to foust upon us the lament explicated that it was because of Adoption that Myung Ja was separated from her son. But it was in fact brought out in the film (and the Korean trailer) that it was her own family that stole from their daughter while she was hunting for a job; gave her son back to the 'biological father's family' and it was THEY that put the child (renamed Brent) up for adoption.
|From new Korean Language Trailer|
“Not just for a moment, please think about their whole lives”
“So that the children of this land can live happily”
“and that their parents won’t have to give them up”.
HELLO? 'their parents won't have to give them up'? Brent’s mother DID NOT GIVE HIM UP. She did not know even if he was a Domestic or Overseas adoptee until the TV program brought them together with the usual FLAIR and DRAMATIC idiotic overblown style. Countdown clocks and stupid questions like "Do you forgive your birth mother?" as often asked of the KAD on LIVE TV. YouTube videos where GOA'L has been able over the years to get KADs on shows have outrageous "acts" to Over-dramatize such a sensitive meeting. The KWB had to consider if he wanted to go through such a show, but in order to get a message to not only his own birth mother but other birth mothers, that most KADs do want contact to let them know we don't hold ill will against them.
(Spoiler coming!) MyungJa was a victim of HER OWN FAMILY! It was they who BETRAYED HER and left her son on the doorstep of the biological father’s family. So, this does not apply to their story, rather it implies that the “Parents” gave them up because of Adoption.
“Adoption changes many children’s destinies, not just for a moment, please think about their wholes lives, so that the children of this land can live happily and that their parents won’t have to give them up”.
But PLEASE stop inferring that it is Adoption that somehow causes the separation. The unwanted and rejected at least have been and are continuing to this day being given a loving home. This could be by In-Country -where again 95% of Civil Code Law and Domestic adoptions, numbering roughly 3,000 per year are kept SECRET even from the child! The KWB strongly protest this, but how do you ‘force’ Korean people to open up? We must encourage them, not heap coals of GUILT and BLAME on them- or they could through MPAC go into a Korean ethnic family Overseas, or into a InterCountry Adoption (ICA) of a Transcultural/transracial family. The KWB is one such KAD who is GOD BLESSED to have been adopted, both into a WHITE Parents family. AND if he may boast, into the Family of his GOD. Sorry if you were adopted into a non-religious family, gee, maybe the HOLT'S and others had a good idea after all. BUT there are always (almost) examples of some horrible thing happening, why EVEN in non-adoption families. But we don't blame Marriage for a bad abusive father, or whatever. Blaming adoption as the cause of separation is about the same...B.S.
The POINT is that these babies each year are still being GIVEN UP, by two-thirds of the Unwed Mothers in Korea. (Reviewing Issues on Unwed Mothers)
Why only cry out against Overseas or now ICA (ICA has replaced “Overseas”, “TransNational”, or "InterNational” adoptions in accordance with the Hague Conventions on Adoptions/Rights of the Child). The Anti-Adoption Associates continue to harp on ONLY Overseas adoptions. But ending Overseas Adoption does nothing though about the Domestic and Civil Code Law adoptions. These In-Country adoptions are 95% done in secret, meaning that the child is usually not told even that they were adopted. About 20% of USA domestic adoptions are also kept secret. Google "Late Discovery Adoptees" and see how THAT is working out for them.
Yet, many of these 'men of God' could not answer WHY they accepted the ways of Confucius instead of the numerous scriptures from the Bible, that clearly show that GOD intended we who ARE as Christian believers. Those who put their faith in the only Begotten SON Jesus Christ, to become Adopted children of the Father become Children of GOD. OH, I can hear some of you groaning, "another religious nut", well YES, by His Holy Spirit I live, move and have my very breath. By the Stripes upon the Lord Jesus, I have been healed of the shame and hatred that controlled my life. Am I perfect, OH NO. I never will, dealing with my past woundedness just like many others out there in this imprefect life.
NO, I am not a wonderful peaceful person, not very Christlike at all, still struggle with many issues. But bottom line, I have put my faith in Jesus Christ NOT in my own righteousness or good works. Okay, sermon over...more in later post.
However, the country has a duel track (KWDI report HERE Page ii), with Civil Code Law adoptions accounting for unregulated adoptions through private individuals, lawyers, Civil Courts where midwifes or matchmakers find couples and Unwed Pregnant females, all who want to keep everything secret. The recent Hoju family registry system in Korea was changed in 2007 to become Individual Registry. Therefore in Civil Code Law the Court can allow the child to be adopted as though it was a natural born child. In 2008, the 'unknown' and Court cases of adoptions increased almost 200% after this convenient law made it easier for Korean couples to "keep it secret".
The Domestic adoptions are almost the same numbers as ICA, but the Civil Code Law adoptions are almost double, showing a
3 to 1 ratio of In-Country compared with InterCountry Adoption.
This means that for every child “exported by ICA” there are THREE who are adopted In-Country. Are they not ALSO, separated from their mothers and fathers (most biofathers don’t give a
What about these 3,000 thousand every year adopted by Korean couples due to Infertility, or to be certain of the sex of the adopted child. Because females DO NOT inherit or 'count for much' (Neo-Confucianism in the 18th century Korea reduced women to second class citizens). Female children make up 60% of the total of In-Country adoptions. In the past the ratio of those ‘exported’ overseas were about the same, with the official government ratio of 65% being female in ICA. Please Check! Adoption by Gender 1995-2005 chart from MOHWFA
Well, What say you then, Director Tammy Chu and co-Producer Rev. Kim DoHyun? For it appears that those involved with Resilience Promotional Trailers SEEM to argue against ALL adoption. Do you hold to this idea? Please, correct the slightly misleading statements because it SOUNDS like whining and pining against adoption.
If this is so, WELL, this is NOT the solution, folks, to try and lobby against InterCountry Adoptions only WITHOUT considering the numbers of those adopted IN-COUNTRY. They must ALL be part of the picture, they are of the ten thousand women each year approximately, who actually go to full term and give birth RATHER than the 1,460,000 each year who Aborted their Unwanted Pregnancies.
Now the KWB does NOTICE a GOOD SIGN of correction. Below is what is STILL on the http://www.resiliencefilm.com
The Korean War Baby has always endorsed this film, directed and produced by Tammy Chu, a young Korean Adoptee, who put several years into making this engaging film on This Thing of Ours-Adoption. The KWB is listed as one of the many many folks who are listed as sponsoring the Post-Production last year, just before the debut at the prestigious Pusan International Film Festival in 2009. The film has been rocketing to success throughout the year, to rave reviews.“With every new family created by adoption, another family gets torn apart”*************************************
The KWB protested first through emails to appropriate people against this error. He then posted on his blog, last year in 2010.
“While many families are created by adoption, many families are separated by adoption.”
37,276+ Disabled Children (terms are government’s);
10,000 approximately Mixed-Blood Children
For a total of more than 77,000 who were simply NOT WANTED and REJECTED by Korean society. Tens of Thousands more have documentation that they were relinquished or given up for adoption. We DO NOT hold our mothers to blame, NO, and many perhaps really DID give us up for hopefully a better life.
It has nothing to DO with Korea being a strong economy! Actually Koreans spend so much on their children's education and the Planned Population Federation of Korean was so successful at "population control" that the current birth rate is the lowest. Did their job too well, eh? Women waiting to marry later and later, couples wanting only one child (Gee, usually a male, wonder why), and other factors have spurred the government into offering cash rewards for 2nd or 3rd children.
It IS rather the attitude of the great majority of the Korean people against adoption, blood-lines importance, unwed single women, woman’s rights, all these issues- “IT'S HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ECONOMY,
Why we could "Insist that THEY just accept a child born out of wedlock; and that Korean families should accept unwed mothers instead of rejecting them; AND stop shunning and ridiculing IbYangIn (Adoptees) by fellow students...DOES THAT REALLY WORK? GET REAL. Ain't working? Not too well apparently with continuing relinquishment for adoption and prejudice. Continued publication in Korean Media and CELEBRITY Adoptees such as Hines Ward, Korean mixed-blood artists of all types, even those who have adopted OPENLY. These are the positive things that can help. The very fact that with more Rural schools have MORE MultiRacial students is bringing a reality check. This IS GOOD.
How about working together to HELP Korean people wanting themselves to change,
The statements in this trailer continue to have HUGE AMBIGUITY…what exactly are they saying to you?
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