urgh! read the groove article about unwed mothers. did not know that parental income is used to assess whether a mother can get the (meagre) financial support, even if the parents are not actual supporting/helping. So, you are old enough to be asked/forced/influenced to sign away your child but your parents still get taken into account?urgh. Maybe I'm focusing on the wrong thing, but it's these (many) small facts that seem to stick with me a lot($ for mums vs adopt fams, who owns the facilities)
yup. big problems, small problems. unwed moms in korea pretty much getting the short end of the stick everywhere they turn!
hi~ i'm part of the programming team for the 8th Film Festival for Women's Rights (FIWOM). I was wondering if you could perhaps help us promote and spread the word about our festival via tumblr and other social media! If you can, please let me know!
PSA for friends with pets: the furminatior brush is the greatest invention ever. i think i’m late to the game bc i hesitated for a long time due to the price (65!! for someone who doesn’t even have a proper brush to brush her own hair, it was hard to cough up that kind of money for a dog brush), but it is so worth it. of course, the shedding problem will never be solved entirely, but it has made a huge difference!
“Men who want to be feminists do not need to be given a space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society & make it feminist.”—Kelley Temple, National Union of Students UK Women’s Officer (via funeral)
한국미혼모가족협회는 이번주 금요일 (19일)에 아이를 돌볼 자원봉사자 5명 구하고자 합니다. 시간은 2시부터 5까지며 장소는 장소는 대림역 (2,7호선) 근처에 위치한 서울시 한부모가족지원센터입니다. 가능하신 분 제게 연락주세요~ KUMFA is looking for 3 volunteers Friday (Sept 19th) from 2-5pm. Location is Seoul Single Parent Family Support Center near Daerim Station (line 2 or 7). Please let me know if you’re able to help!
한국어 영어 가능한 투어가이드 구함: 9월 19일~10월 10일 (투어그룹과 함께 서울,경주,목포,부여,제주 여행). 개인기사와 함께 다님. Pay 좋음. 식사 제공. 관심 있으신 분 댓글 달아주세요~ looking for tour guide (must speak both kor/eng): sept 19-oct 10th (will travel with tour group through seoul, gyeongju, mokpo, buyeo, jeju). will travel with personal driver, competitive pay, meals provided. if you are interested, please leave a comment.
The current translator at Seoul Selection, a publishing company in Seoul, recommended I apply for this but as I am moving and not looking to work full-time, I am unable to apply but am passing on the info.
FULL TIME TRANSLATOR POSITION:
Job requirements include 1) experience in Korean-English translation 2) complete fluency in English 3) ability to keep a deadline. Compensation is competitive.
If you are interested in the job, please let me know and I will give you the contact info!
한국미혼모가족협회는 내일!! (16일)에 아이를 돌볼 자원봉사자 5명 구하고자 합니다. 시간은 2시부터 5까지며 장소는 장소는 대림역 (2,7호선) 근처에 위치한 서울시 한부모가족지원센터입니다. 가능하신 분 제게 연락주세요~ KUMFA is looking for 5 volunteers TOMORROW (Sept 16th) from 2-5pm. Location is Seoul Single Parent Family Support Center near Daerim Station (line 2 or 7). Please let me know if you’re able to help!
we are moving~ looking for someone to move into our place (actually our contract already finished last may so i am just doing this as a favor to the landlord) approx 75 sq meters, 3bedroom/1.5bath, living room, kitchen, laundry room, small storage area, rooftop access, easy access to public transportation, 10 mins to namsan park, 5 mins to kyounglidan/haebangchon, 15 mins to itaewon main street, close to all the hotspots but our street is very quiet lots of trees, two small playgrounds within 2 mins each so nice for kids too~ pets OK, key money and rent are relatively low considering how nice the house is and since there are three rooms, three people could live here for super cheap (we also lived here with my sis for a year - so three adults and one dog)
"Even so, Morrison concedes that more unwed mothers are choosing to keep their children. "This is one good part of the SAL," he says. "However, I am not convinced that the unwed mothers are necessarily the best parents."
this is steve morrison of mpak (mission to promote adoption in korea), by the way. disgusting. but on the other hand, at least he outright articulates his discrimination against unwed moms. it’s almost better than those who, under the mantra of feminism no less, wax on and on about their “earnest desire” to “protect” unwed moms by making it seem natural that she should give up her child for adoption and giving her the easiest way possible to do it. no, that is steeped in prejudice only serving to reaffirm to moms in a desperate moment that theres a reason that society discriminates against them and again under the mantra of feminism providing ways to separate women from their children as fact and effectively as possible. fuck this discrimination cloaked in faux feminism. my feminism says women have the right to raise their children regardless of their marital status. my feminism says mothers don’t need to give up their children to meet the standards of society but that society needs to change to accept all kinds of mothers. my feminism says money or marital status does not give you greater right to raise another woman’s child.
Korea Adoption Services is hiring for a full-time PR position and they’re even giving preference to adoptees! Does that mean they’ve finally started to understand that adoptee perspectives are important when it comes to adoption. Trying to be optimistic, for more info, click the link!
anyone in seoul know where you can borrow english-language pregnancy/parenting books? i have a library card here but i’m really wondering if they have such a specific type of book available in english. otherwise i will buy but trying to save money!
also, any bloggers who are moms in seoul? there are a couple i follow but not many… leave a comment so i can follow you?^^
Tell me about a time where a white child was killed and black people made a hashtag mocking their death, a Halloween costume mocking their death, or a celebration of their death in any way shape or from. NEVER!!
Black pride has never been about hating white people, but white supremacy has always been about hating black people.
한국미혼모가족협회는 이번주 금요일 (5일)에 아이를 돌볼 자원봉사자 5명 구하고자 합니다. 시간은 2시부터 5까지며 장소는 장소는 대림역 (2,7호선) 근처에 위치한 서울시 한부모가족지원센터입니다.
KUMFA is looking for 5 volunteers for this Friday (Sept 5th) from 2-5pm. Location is Seoul Single Parent Family Support Center near Daerim Station (line 2 or 7).
“The door is closed. There is a black woman at the front of the room, near the blackboard. She is facing a black man who is sitting down and talking fast. He keeps talking for a long time, as if he has been waiting a while to say this to someone. The police, but not only the police, treated him like he was a criminal. His parents, who are white, didn’t believe him when he told them this, or if they wanted to believe him, they still just didn’t know what to say. Why would they? They were adopting a black child, they thought—not a black teenager, not a black man.”—Black Kids in White Houses by Jen Graves (via brandx)
We criticize North Korea for its prisons, when the US has more people imprisoned than any other nation in history. We criticize them for their elections, while our elections are widely viewed as corrupt. We put them down for their ethnicity, while engaging in genocide against our native populations. We criticize their lack of free enterprise, when our own system is now cutting off basic water from people in the name of profit.
In other words, even against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the United States of America looks like a clown. The shoe is on the other foot.
The United States prided itself on the idea that we were not like other nations – that the United States was indeed a land of opportunity, where not race or creed mattered, only the strength of character. But this was a comfortable lie we told ourselves, a fairy tale to make ourselves feel better. Now the world is pointing, and North Korea has pointed out that the emperor has no clothes.
we are looking for jeonse housing. we have a few requirements: 2-3 rooms (20 pyeong, or 65 sq. meters or more) that allows dogs and is relatively close to pangyo (or easy to get to pangyo), mid october move-in date. we are also considering houses outside of seoul (gyeonggi-do gwangju, suwon, bundang etc) if you know of anything, please let me know!
looking for a couple of adoptees who are NOT from the US who would be willing to share their adoption experience and talk about the differences in adoption experiences/attitudes in europe, australia, canada, etc. you will be speaking on a panel for training for koroot volunteers so that they are better equipped to understand and work with adoptees.
date: sept. 19th (fri) 6-8pm location: koroot (near gyeongbokgung station - line 3) misc: small honorarium will be given to panelists
i’m not going to call them social welfare services anymore, they’re a business pure and simple - thinking about profits before children.
Along with Holt, all three adoption agencies (Korean Social Welfare Services [SWS}, Eastern Social Welfare Society) have been found to have violated the Special Adoption Law which requires agencies to give priority to finding domestic adoptive families before pursuing international adoption as an option. The Ministry of Welfare stated that they have taken administrative measures such as issuing warnings to address these violations.
According to the “Adoption agency Inspection report” received by New Politics Alliance for Democracy Party representative Nam Yoon In-soon on August 31st, it was found that SWS had violated the prioritizing of domestic adoption a total of 108 times and Eastern was guilty of 1 violation since the Special Adoption Law went into effect in August 2012.
According to the Special Adoption Law, adoption agencies can pursue international adoption only after they have first tried to find domestic adoptove parents for children for at least 150 days. This provision was made after taking into consideration the identity issues that international adoptees face.
This inspection was carried out by the Ministry as a follow-up measure, after three year-old adoptee named Hyunsu died this February after being beaten by his adoptive father. The special inspection run first on Holt, who was the adoption agency in Hyunsu’s case, found Holt to have violated the Special Adoption Law’s domestic adoption prioritization in 17 cases (14.8%).
Aside from this, SWS was found to have violated the mandatory 7-day consideration period (41 cases) and the background check (94 cases) provisions as well. Eastern was found to have violated the 7-day consideration period (10 cases) and background check (82 cases) provisions, as well as domestic post adoption services (5 cases) provision.
In order to ensure that the birth parents have sufficient time to consider their options before deciding to relinquish for adoption, the Special Adoption Law’s consideration period provision mandates that the adoption process cannot begin until after one week from the date of the child’s birth. There are also provisions for background checks for prospective adoptive parents - inspections must be carried out at least twice after parents have applied for adoption, Including random inspections, and background checks should be carried out of their family, workplace, and neighbors.
According to someone related to SWS, “There was a lot of confusion when the Special Adoption Law was first implemented since the Ministry of Health and Welfare did not provide proper guidelines. We are currently making efforts to abide by all of the SAL provisions.”
Representative Nam Yoon In-soon said, “Since the Ministry did not carry out an inspection after the implementation of the SAL to check whether the agencies were abiding by the provisions as they should have, they bear a large responsibility for this problem. The provisions to prioritize domestic adoption and give an ample consideration period for birth families must be ensured.”
Chicago police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh in the west side neighborhood of North Lawndale on August 24. His mother was at a press conference after a letter was delivered to the United States Justice Department calling on the federal government to come to the city and investigate crimes by police officers, who have escaped accountability and justice.
Dawn McIntosh, who was crying, declared, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway.”
Also, she said, “He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”
“They wouldn’t let me see him,” McIntosh shared. “I still didn’t see him until yesterday when I identified his body. It’s not right. It’s not right. And I want justice served. I want justice served for that officer who took my son away.”
Roshad’s aunt, who did not provide her name, told those gathered that the police informed her “they needed to do an investigation.” She did not even get a chance to “say goodbye, kiss her baby and tell her baby how much she loved him.”
Dawn explained that she still doesn’t know the name of the officer, who shot her son.
“I don’t know of age, nothing. I don’t know what he looks like. But, if it was the other way around and somebody had killed the police officer, their name, their age, their address, their nationality, everything, where they’re from, their whole history would have been on the news,” she suggested.
Our fight does not begin nor end in Ferguson. Around the country many young black men and women are losing their lives to police brutality and excessive force. We cannot turn a blind eye to this. Fergson is not a singular event. Nor should our response to it be. Police brutality is an epidemic in the black and latino community and it needs to be stopped.
The information about the cop involved in this case still has not been released and all I can ask is who’s child will be next.
There was 2-3 different police involved shootings in the Chicago area within the past few days.
I’m sick. Physically ill. Why does this keep happening?
"Those who approved these laws didn’t think about what would happen when adopted children became adults. (They also) lied to birth mothers that they would forget their offspring. These are archaic laws that do not fit our society’s current social mores," said Connecticut State Rep. David Alexander, an adoptee who helped draft language for the new law.
While opponents say the new laws infringe on the rights of birth parents who expected privacy when placing a child for adoption, the American Adoption Congress and other advocates say about 95 percent of birth parents want reunions too.
This sprawling East Asian capital is renowned for its epic commutes, hard-charging work force and money-making ethos.
But Seoul’s beloved mayor, Park Won-soon, is determined to soften the city’s aesthetic and transform it into a greener, cooler, more creative and livable place.
Park has a lot of ideas about how to achieve this noble goal. One of the quirkier ones: protecting an odd, crawling constituency that will never be able to vote. The city’s bugs.
Yes, bugs. Insects. Creepy crawlies.
The 58-year-old progressive — who in early June elections glided to a second five-year term — is himself an unusual species. He rose to prominence without any political experience, distancing himself from the nation’s two scandal-ridden political parties. […]
How do western journalists reporting on Korea keep getting away with pieces like this?
Calling Mayor Park Won-soon an “eccentric”? This racist orientalist idea that Koreans are “weird” or “backwards” or in this case “eccentric”? And Geoffrey Cain further dehumanizes Mayor Park by calling him an “unusual species”?
And what’s so “quirky” about installing insect hotels around Seoul. Maybe Geoffrey Cain should pick up an urban ecology book some time, or do some more research as these insect hotels are becoming more popular around the world today. These insect hotels help support beneficial insects such as dragonflies, and you know dragonflies eat mosquitoes…
Geoffrey Cain, global post slimy creepy crawler, senior insect Asia correspondent, part of a subspecies of the Periplaneta expata americana also known as the common american cockroach.
Please someone squash it.
NO ONE FUCKS WITH PARK WON SOON! NOT ON MY WATCH!!!