Korean Adoptees The "Unknown" Culture Club

This collection, compiled by Korean adoptees, serves as a tribute to transracially adopted people sent all over the world. It has been hailed as the first book to give Korean adoptees the opportunity to speak freely since the pioneering of intercountry adoption after the Korean War. If you were adopted, you are not alone. These stories validate the experiences of everyone who has been ridiculed or outright abused, but have found the will to survive, thrive and share their tale. Be the first to read these narratives and join the ever-expanding Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network. It’s never too late to walk in awareness! 

The "Unknown" Culture Club: Korean Adoptees Then and Now

The “Unknown” Culture Club: Korean Adoptees Then and Now

Adam Crapser, a Korean American adoptee who was placed in deportation proceedings at the beginning of 2015, was placed in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on February 8, 2016.

Adam was adopted from a Korean orphanage by U.S. citizen parents at age three, relinquished by these parents to the state of Oregon at age nine and then adopted again by a second set of U.S. citizen parents one year later. Both his adoptive parents and the state of Oregon failed in to fulfill their responsibility to naturalize Adam. Because of their failure Adam, now 40, is being held in a detention center and faces the possibility of being deported to a country that is no longer his home – he does not speak the language, remember the country, or understand the culture.

Ella Purkiss and Monte Haines are among the other contributors of The “Unknown” Culture Club anthology.  Please help by sharing to raise awareness to this important issue.

“Only six months ago my husband died.  We were married for almost thirty-three years.  He spend the last three years living in a hell of sorts that included surgery to stop his brain from bleeding caused by a doctor who administered too much blood thinners.  I didn’t leave his side the entire time he was in hospice.  For the last three years I cared for him.  He got confused at times and I watched him constantly;  he was like a small child because he wandered off on occasions.  He also survived a hip replacement caused from falling.  These traumatic events were his last straws—he just gave up and died.

At the age of sixty, immediately after his death, the Social Security Office told me, “You are not a US Citizen.  Therefore you are not eligible for widow’s benefits.”  Ella Purkiss, Caregiver of her husband for 10 years

When I stood in front of the Immigration Judge, he scolded me:  “You are not allowed in my country.  This is my country.  This is my land.  I want you out of it.”

“On November 4, 2009, I was deported back to Korea wearing only jeans and a T-shirt.  I had only twenty dollars on me, I couldn’t speak the language and I didn’t know where to go.  All forms of identification and personal documents were confiscated.  My escorts, four men and one woman dressed in civilian clothes, basically dropped me off at the Incheon Airport and left me there on the grey tarmac more than six thousand miles away from everything I knew for almost forty years. ”  Monte Haines, Served in the Gulf War for 3 1/2 years


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The "Unknown" Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now

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Compiled by the Vance Twins and Katherine Kim

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