Sunday, August 23, 2009

Journey Within: Visual Memory

Found within the Adoption Records that were given to my Parents in 1980.


8 comments:

Elizabeth said...

What a bizarre piece of paper--how is it possible to NOT have a father or mother??? I am still getting caught up with your story so I do not yet know the circumstances surrounding your relinquishment and adoption. I am glad that my son's paperwork has some specific information about his parents. I really hope that he wants (and is able) to find them one day, because I really want that for both parties. They are part of our family too, so I would love to have the pleasure to know them.

kyungmee said...

Elizabeth, in the whole packet there are different forms that has information of my past..some contradict each other. I have posted some of my records in the earlier posts. I was born in a home. By the time my eldest sister put me up for adoption (she was in her late teens?)she was the one to give over everything she knew about our family..far as I know. There are two things here: one that my past, papers indicate that I may have born earlier..signs that showed itself in the years that followed my adoption. Two: The way Korea celebrates your Birthdate and the way Western world celebrates your Birthdate. You can be born let's say in 1973 but the way the count your birthday years are very different there and here. So, two things that were very troublesome and confusing to me growing up. If some research was done to understand how the 'two countries' celebrate and count the ages..it would have been a little better growing up.

Hee Jung said...

Mine was established 3/24/77 by the Choong-ku Office and I'm the head of my family as well.

The more I think about it the more pissed off I get about the fact that my records were not complete at the adoption agency, but I try not to go there mentally as I feel that I just need to embrace what is now...or I'll be back to thinking too much about the past and the attitude that comes with it.... :-(

kyungmee said...

Well said. I like to think I am the younger age these days..LOL! I joke about that too. From reading so many stories and watching these stories..it seems that many who were adopted out prior to 1980 (like myself) the agencies really were as thorough as they seem now..well, even proactive to the sensitivities that go with adoption. Prior to the '80s, Korea went through a very hard times..leaving many poor and with little options.And again, the fact my sister was so young herself that inage..what a huge responsibility to have to care and to know all our information..being a child herself. It is something I have thought about over the years and have come to terms with myself.

kyungmee said...

..sorry, I meant to put really were not as thorough as they are now (agencies).

ambiguous_angel said...

so unusual..

NateOn said...

Wow the Family Register! That looks very familiar! You're also from the Han Yang clan but your name was Yoo? Interesting since mine was "Joo"

kyungmee said...

Nate, when were you adopted?

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