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After that my producer, Eric Rhee, who is Korean American, had always had a dream to do a show on Korea.
He was born here and grew up here and this was just as important for him to connect to his roots as well.
After I was adopted, my adopted father was stationed in Korea with the US Marine Corp. He did some research and found a picture in my file of my mother and he knew what town she was in but didn’t have an address.
He went door to door for days with the picture looking for her and eventually found someone who knew her. She thought he was bringing me back to her as she had regretted her decision.
He visited with her for three days and had a tape recorder and transcribed their interviews.
They gave me this number for these American nuns in Korea who had kind of made it their life’s work to reunite these adoptees with their biological Korean families. My sister is natural-born from my adoptive parents. I think due to me being shy and not putting words together properly, I’m not fluent speaking it. No, I didn’t see anyone around where I grew up that was mixed Korean until I went to college. Doing this cookbook I was able to perfect a recipe and we have it every weekend. Did you grow up around other mixed Koreans or people of mixed heritage?Was your adopted family supportive in your search for your birth mother? They were kind of hurt that I didn’t include them in the process but my mother would have been overprotective and I just wanted to see what was going on. There is a large community of Korean adoptees, have you connected at all with them?Yes, I’ve actually connected with a lot of the people from St. One woman in particular, Maria Hermann, was in the photo I have of when I was in the orphanage.