Heart and Seoul: Adoptee finds his birth family

A Korean Adoptee’s thoughts about finding his birth family. You can read the article by Matthew Shampine from the Washington Courier


The Cha family poses for a portrait before Matthew Shampine (front row, second from left) departs Seoul, South Korea. Shampine’s birth name is Cha Duk Soo.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. I’ve experienced the birth family side of such a reunion myself when I first met my youngest sister when she was 19 years old.
    And that worked out very well and we are very close. But we didn’t have to cross distant cultures and languages.

  2. Beautiful story. I think the hardest thing I may ever face as an adoptive parent is the possibility that my kids may not share this experience. I know it’s not mine, I know it’s not for me to decide or plan or worry about. But all the same, I hope they find their families and have the opportunity to know them some day.

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