For as long as I can remember, holidays, specifically Christmas, have always been my favorite times of the year. Looking back at past Christmases, I think the reason they were so good was because my family had traditions that we would repeat every year. Korean holidays follow along the same lines, in that most of them are based… Read More Korean Holiday Traditions
A wise mentor once told me, “Almost every conflict/frustration/disappointment in life can be traced back to an unmet expectation. If spelled out clearly in the beginning, you can avoid a lot of heartache!” Unfortunately, this key piece of advice that I now live by came a little too late – several years after my birth family… Read More Stop Treating Me Like Your Daughter!
It’s been just a little over five years since I set foot back in Korea for the first time since being adopted. It still feels like yesterday. For the first time in my life, I completely blended into the crowds, whether it was walking through the mall or riding on the subway. I’m sure the “real” Koreans could… Read More When Time Won’t Stand Still
These days, there is so much dedicated time and effort that goes into choosing a name. Many expectant parents look to relatives who have had an impact on their lives in helping to determine names for their children. The name given to me by my birth family long ago in Korea was 김성준 Kim Sung Joon. After my adoption at four months… Read More Who is Kim Sung Joon?
This time of year always reminds me of the Easter I got to spend with my little brother while he was here studying in the States. During that weekend four years ago, I did a Q+A with him about his time in the US, our family reunion, and everything in between. We’ve decided to revisit… Read More In His Own Words