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must’ve been destiny

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I think the following poem should be required reading by anyone considering international adoption, and it’s a fine companion piece to John Raible’s spoken-word piece on transracial adoption, Better Off, Better Smile.  It was written by my KAD sister, Myung-Sook, from her unapologetic and profoundly heartwrenching blog, Holt Adoption Product.

It was Myung-Sook who heard my small scared voice three years ago and comforted me, and it is Myung-Sook who holds my hand today when I am frightened or alone.  If I hold your hand too, it is because of her.

Please read her blog, but as an intro, please enjoy this poem presented in the same manner she did and be sure to start the music while you are reading.

Because 사랑해요 means I love you

November 30, 2010 by myungsook

당신은 사랑받기위해 태어난 사람 means
You were born to be abandoned,
because 사랑해요 means I love you.

You were born to be abandoned
Because you were born to a wrong father
You were born to be rejected
Because 사랑해요 means I love you

Do not worry
There is a married woman whose womb has been closed by God; her name is Hannah.
Hannah has great faith in God and she is praying hard to have a child

You were born to be abandoned
Because your were born to a poor parent
You were born to be tagged with a price
Because you were born in a poor country

Do not worry
Hannah lives in a rich country.
And she’ll pay any price to have a child

You were born to be abandoned
Because you were born to a sinner
You were born to be sold
Because you were born in Korea

Do not worry
There is man who heard Hannah’s prayer; his name is Eli
Eli will fix your mother’s mistakes in the name of Jesus

You were born to be abandoned
Because God placed you in the wrong womb
You were born to be shipped off to strangers
Because you were born in the wrong country

Do not worry
The followers of Jesus will fix God’s mistakes.
And the followers of Confucius will send you off with an escort

Be grateful that you are not useless
Hannah’s is happy now, because of your existence in this world.
Followers of Jesus made huge sum of money, because of your existence in this world.
And the followers of Confucius will be happy, the day you’ll visit your birth country to spend your money.

당신은 사랑받기위해 태어난 사람…

The Contemporary Christian use of adoption for personal gain obliterates the fact that we international adoptees are a product of social injustice, and both Myung-Sook and John Raibel’s pieces give voice to the children who were silenced during this process.  International adoption capitalizes on social injustice and benefits from its continuation:  it is no charitable act.

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Written by girl4708

December 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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  1. Yes, we were born , that was the mistake of man not GOD, but man blames the innocent, due to thier War, War they fight about material products, land governments. What about babies, their own human kind, If you can fight over a governmental policy, but forget about human babies, because of the color of their skin, or the slant of their eyes, or color of their eyes, what is ignorance, what is importance, what are you, human like me, please feed me, shelter me, keep me safe If i were big enough, old enough talk enough, I would you. Forgottenwarorphans Monica Kwon Banks Holt International Baby.
    Ann Dong Kwon Family( Ann Dong Marry Kwon

    Monica Kwon Banks

    February 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  2. You’re right about Korean man but what about military man and what about western man and what about overzealous missionary man and you’re wrong about God. God didn’t tell man to continue taking babies long after the war was over. God didn’t tell Holt to tell moms they were selfish if they wanted to keep their children. God didn’t tell Westerners to help Koreans by taking their children instead of sending food. God does not separate babies from their mothers, man does. You only see your own story and fail to see the big picture. And you’re also wrong that you’re a forgotten war orphan. You’re the only ones the world remembers. You’re the only ones that exist. It is the rest of us who are forgotten.

    girl4708

    February 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm


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