Mixed-race Korean adoptees, which has become a major industry in Korea, has adopted out to other nations, including most to the United States, since the end of the Korean War (1953). Because of this, many families were separated, and many memories of adopted children—now adults, and adoptive parents, and birth mothers and families, have lived with the realities of their conditions, wanted or not.
The Mosaic Tours have offered healing for many of these people, to in the very least, visit the countries of their birth, many of whom do not remember Korea, since they left so young. Perhaps a fragrance, or a color, or a sensual memory lingers. And then for those adopted out at a later age, which gave chance for memory to endure, the chance to revisit and heal is a tremendous act in the our times of rapid societal and ecological change, and cultural memory being lost to dominant forces and the realities of war, occupation, and violence. These tours offer great spaces of mixed emotions, joy and inspiration and perhaps sadness. In healing trauma, these moments are held precious.
The Mosaic Tours for this year, are about to embark. If you, or someone you know, is interested, please contact them (refer to the poster from a previous blogpost I published, which I repost below).
Tasha – or Yoon Mi Rae in Korea, alternatively known as “T-Tasha”— is definitely South Korea’s greatest Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B or more accurately: K-R&B artist. Her heritage is African-American/Korean, and is in my other posts and the purpose of this whole blog site, her experiences growing up in Korea were full of the prejudiced, racist violence against her.
Often, these lives produce tremendous artistic expression.
This is a 9-year-old video. She was a teenager and still, you can sense how good she is.
This song seeks to empower Black-Korean girls, recorded live off of Korean television, entitled: Wonder Woman.
I will post more of her videos later.
Today, according to a few sources, there are an estimated two million Amerasians–children and adults of local women across Asia who have been sired by United Statian military and civilian men and abandoned by the men. If we are to include Ameri-Pacifics–those born in the Pacific and South Seas Islands, the numbers would, of course, be higher. Often, in these stories, the harrowing and rough stories of Amerasians are told, and must be continued to be told. But the stories of the mothers, are backgrounded.
Here is the second installment of my video series.
It is a visual poem. Read, listen, feel, think.
Hopefully you will be curious, look up information and terms you don’t quite know or understand.
Be outraged? Become more understanding? Curious?
Watch this in HD for the best view!
If you prefer VIMEO – the same video is here: https://vimeo.com/153967699
Young Black-Korean Pop singer Michelle Lee 이미쉘 that I introduced to you with her stunning debut music video of Without You, which boldly speaks back to racism against her, is shown here with a recent Acoustic Version of the same song, and sung in English.
One may not notice, but in both videos, the graffiti on the walls that the little girl is at first fearful of, then protests against, says things like “die monster die” and other epitaphs. In the lyrics, she speaks to both a close relation, and society itself for betraying her, lying to her (I love you), then practicing their violence on her. It’s interesting on some commentaries on some sites, some find this unbelievable. Believe it. I also lived this in postwar Japan. It still goes on in Asia: the prejudice against mixed-race people, especially black mixed-race people. Speak back Michelle. I am soooooo moved by her and her beautiful singing.
In the Fall of 2014, a group of Mixed-Korean Amerasians, mostly adoptees from Mixed-race orphanages in Korea, went on a small tour organized by the tour group Me & Korea, back to Korea, to the orphanages, and to meet Insooni 김인순 — Black-Korean pop-star/diva, who was partially responsible for this event.
This is the first in a series of ongoing video projects based on my personal family history, historical memory, Asia-Pacific postwar ethnography and the historical present. It is on my channel at YouTube.
South Korea has the somewhat dubious distinction of being the first known nation to allow adoption out of their country to other countries in an official manner from nation state to nation state. International Adoption out of Korea brings in between 15 to over 20 million dollars annually, according to various financial reports.
This article LINK from the Asia Times from July 17, 2002 by Aidan Foster-Carter entitled: Adopting, Adapting: Korean Orphans is an excellent beginning overview of how mixed-race bodies are used, especially in the context of orphanages.