• The Role of Grey Markets in Adoption: Regulating for the Rights of the Child

    Submitted to the United Nations 457th Meeting, 25th Session Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) In response to the UN Joint Statement on Illegal Intercountry Adoptions Introduction Since the beginning of the millennium, the world has seen significant advancements in energy storage, artificial intelligence, and medical science. At no point in history has humanity been more
  • Dear Adoptees

    Dearest adoptees, In the months since the first claim was filed with Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I have had the honor of meeting many of you both online and in person. On the days when I have felt lost, you have been there to find me. When I have felt sad, you have shared
    Today, I’d like you to join me in sharing a moment of joy. On July 4th, I will become the first athlete in the history of competitive eating to represent South Korea in the Nathan’s Famous International Hotdog Eating Contest.

    The annual competition is held at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York and is attended by an estimated crowd of 40,000 people. For those of you who will be joining my 7 million friends on the ESPN broadcast for the first time, the rules of the game are this: Competitors must eat as many hotdogs and buns as they can in 10 minutes. You must eat the corresponding hotdog and bun for it to count towards your score.

    I am setting my hotdog eating goal for this year at 16 – one hotdog to represent each of the 16 Australia-US Korean Rights Group (AUSKRG) adoptees who submitted a TRC claim. I would love to eat more, but with nearly 400 total claims submitted, I think my stomach would protest. After all, the current world hotdog eating record is only 76.

    So instead, I would like to invite you to join me, alongside the AUSKRG, in sharing your stories on social media in the #16for16 campaign. It can be your adoption story or simply a picture with you and your favorite hotdog with #16for16 to show your support.

    In addition, you can sign the petition asking for US Congress to join other nations around the world in launching an investigation into Korean adoptions. You can find the link at: change.org/AdopteeKoreanTruth.

    You all have incredible talents and abilities to share with the world – from legal expertise, to research, to the arts. I know my abilities are odd, but perhaps that’s exactly what it will take to beat the odds when it comes to changing the historical legacy of adoption. I am your biggest fan. I will cheer for you always. Thank you for letting me be in your corner. I hope to make you proud.

    With love and hope,


  • Recommendations for Modernization of International Adoption Policy in Korea: Governance, Diplomacy, and Humanity

    April 21, 2023
    Recommendations for Modernization of International Adoption Policy in Korea: Governance, Diplomacy, and Humanity As written for the National Assembly of Korea Korean Adoptees Diaspora Art & Culture Forum April 21, 2023 From award winning movies and television shows like Parasite and Squid Game, to music from internationally recognized artists like BTS and Blackpink, Korea makes
  • Fiona's Wish: A Holiday Story Cover

    Fiona’s Wish: A Holiday Story

    December 19, 2017
    Once upon a time…..