I love Deann Borshay Liem’s documentaries, in part because unlike almost any other documentary about adoption out there, hers truly speak to my experience as a Korean adoptee. It’s so rare to see my story reflected in the media. It’s certainly not on sitcoms or even reality shows…but these documentaries have been a really central component of my own journey of exploring what my adoption means to me and how it continues to shape my life.
She’s making a new film, called Geographies of Kinship:
Geographies of Kinship presents a small handful of the amazing stories I’ve heard from around the world. We meet, for example, Estelle Cooke-Sampson, a bi-racial adoptee who revisits the orphanage where she grew up until she was adopted by an African American soldier at the age of seven. She wonders how the nuns felt about having a black child in the 1950s. Emma Anderson is a Swedish adoptee who visits Korea for the first time and unexpectedly reunites with her birth mother, discovering family secrets along the way. Meanwhile, Michael Holloway is in San Francisco when he meets his birth family via webcam on a live television show. He is shocked to discover he has an identical twin. These, and other riveting stories, serve as a springboard for exploring the history of transnational adoptions from Korea, from the 1950s to the present.
Check it out, and consider supporting the continued sharing of adoption stories, in all their complexity.