Tales of Wonderlost

I'm a Korean-American adoptee living in Seoul, just finished my MA in Anthropology (yes, i took all of my classes in Korean TT). In my spare time, I volunteer at two great organizations: Korean Unwed Mothers' Families Association (KUMFA) and the Women's Global Solidarity Action Network (WGSAN) - a group that works on various issues, including with the survivors of military sexual slavery during WWII ("Comfort Women"). I also love cooking and baking and going to the noraebang ^^ To make a monthly donation to the Korean Unwed Mothers' Families Association, please click below!!
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oh god. just spent my morning watching a bunch of birthing videos. bad idea. of course it’s not my first time seeing one but seeing it this time, it seemed so much more real and scary. what have i signed myself up for?

one of my dearest friends from uni hilbopinthailand will be here tomorrow for TWO WHOLE WEEKS~! i originally persuaded her to come when i still didn’t know i was preggers and now i’m all 20 weeks pregnant so it puts a damper on some of what we probably would’ve done otherwise, but i can’t waaaaaait!

on my way to pyeongtaek university to give a presentation at the american studies association of korea conference. even funnier is that Jane is sitting on the same panel as me so of 4 panelists, 2 will be preggers - pretty ridiculous hahahaha

한국미혼모가족협회와 한국미혼모지원네트워크의 제1회 후원의 밤~ 박영미 네트워크 대표님과 목경화 협회 대표님, 그리고 남윤인순 국회의원님과 함께~ KUMFA and KUMSN’s First Supporter’s Gala~ with KUMSN director Park Youngmi, KUMFA director Mok Kyounghwa, and National Assembly Member Namyoon In-soon


한국미혼모가족협회와 한국미혼모지원네트워크는 2014년 후원의 밤에 초대합니다. 9월 26일(금) 오후 6시반, 문학의 집 서울 (명동역과 충무로역 사이에). 티켓 50,000원. 식사 제공. 아이들과 엄마들이 여러 공연을 준비했답니다. 많은 관심 부탁드립니다. KUMFA and KUMSN will hold their annual Supporter’s “Gala” on Sept. 26th (Fri), starting at 6:30pm and held at the Seoul Literature House (in between Myeongdong and Chungmuro Stations). Tickets are 50,000 won, dinner is provided. The moms and kids have also prepared several performances! Please come if you can or share!! ^^

한국미혼모가족협회는 이번주 금요일에 열릴 후원의 밤을 준비하기 위해 자원봉사자 4명정도 구하고자 합니다~ 장소는 남산 문학의집이며 시간은 5시부터입니다 (자원봉사자들에게 5만원짜리 티켓이 제공되니 준비 끝나고 식사도 같이하시고 공연도 함께 즐기시면 됩니다^^) 가능하신 분 제게 연락주세요~ KUMFA is looking for 4 volunteers to help them set up for their “Supporters Gala” this Friday. Location is Seoul Literature House and time is 5pm (50,000 won tickets to the event will be offered to volunteers for free, so after set-up, you can eat and enjoy the performances). Please let me know if you can help!

i will be speaking on a panel this saturday with Jane Jeong Trenka, Jim Lee, and other adoption-related researchers in pyeongtaek. if you’re interested, the info is below:

Saturday Sept. 27th, 3:15-5:45pm, Pyeongtaek University, The 2nd Pierson Building (International Conference Hall, 7th floor)

"Korean Adoptees and the American Dream in Crisis" 

Moderator : Eun Kyung Min (Seoul National University)

Presenters : Jane Jeong Trenka (Seoul National University): “A Dream Deferred: Civil Rights of Korean International Adoptees Adopted by U.S. Citizens”

Kimberly McKee (Grand Valley State University, USA): “The Contingency of the American Dream: Korean Adoptees as Exceptional Migrants”

Shannon Heit (Hanyang University): “Debunking the Myth of the ‘American Dream’ in Korean International Adoption”

James Kyung-Jin Lee (UC, Irvine, USA): “What the Body Tells: Narrative, Illness, and the Return of the Korean in Adoptee Stories”

Discussant : Jeehyun Lim (Denison University, USA)

yesterday i went out to walk kano and saw this sitting outside my door with a little note! i’ve been on different FB pages looking at used baby stuff and i guess my friend Simone saw me comment that i was interested in this bassinet, bought it instead of me, and stealth delivered it to my house like some sort of beautiful gift fairy! how touching, i am constantly reminded of how lucky i am to be surrounded by such thoughtful and generous people, i am not worthy!

kano - 11 months: 아직 아기네~ 덩치만 커버렸을 뿐 ㅋㅋ

some shots from our chuseok in busan~

Asker fluffykins Asks:
definitely recommend 'bringing up bebe' as a book to read.
peaceshannon peaceshannon Said:

thanks for the recommendation!!