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Death by Adoption

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  • sunny_jo888
    Death by Adoption Chosen Children by Lori Carangelo © 2001, Schenkman Books, Inc. July 15, 1996: TIME International, in Korea Saves a Son, at age 21, Brian
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2002
      Death by Adoption

      Chosen Children" by Lori Carangelo
      © 2001, Schenkman Books, Inc.

      July 15, 1996:
      TIME International, in "Korea Saves a Son," at age 21, Brian Bauman,
      born Kim Sung Duk in South Korea in 1974, and who had been adopted at
      age 3 by Steve and Elaine Bauman of Minnesota, was diagnosed with
      chronic myelogenous leukemia, an insidious form of the disease. He was
      told he would die within five years if he didn't receive a bone-marrow
      transplant. To save Brian's life, he needed to search for his family.
      To many Koreans, adoption of any kind is considered shameful; Korean
      families who gave up children to met the increasing demand by
      childless American adopters, were careful to hide the fact from
      neighbors, teachers and the children themselves. During its
      impoverished post-war period, Korea began sending thousands of
      children abroad for adoption and that human tide is considered a
      national disgrace. Brian's story was publicized in 1995 in Korea's
      major media; the newspaper, Hankook Ilbo, was flooded with letters
      from Korean parents who had surrendered children in the past. The
      Korean Broadcasting System conducted its own search with help from the
      eastern Child Welfare Society which had placed Brian and found his
      mother, known only as "Mrs. Shin." Mother and son were secretly
      reunited but neither she nor his 33 year old sibling were a match
      needed for bon marrow transplantation. An unrelated Korean donor, Suh
      Han Kook, 23, was found as result of the publicity and over the next
      few months thousands of Koreans volunteered to place their names on
      two donor registries.

      May 23, 1001:
      The Korean Herald reported in "Citizens Campaign for Bone Marrow
      Donation for Adoptee, Korean-American," that the Korean Organ Donor
      Program was campaigning to help a Korean adoptee living in the U.S.
      and suffering from leukemia

      December 15, 2001:
      Holt International's web-site has a special page devoted to an
      adoptee's medically urgent search at at
      http://www.holtintl.org/brundage.shtml: Tami Brundage, 27-year old
      Holt adoptee from Korea was diagnosed with leukemia. Holt's file says
      she was "abandoned." When Tami was taken in by Holt, it was the
      practice of Holt-Korea to falsify birth names and declare their wards
      as "abandoned" even when the mother's names were known. The childrens'
      health information and ages were often falsified as well to make them
      more appealing to American adopters. The now-adult adoptees have no
      "paper trail" leading to their parents and must rely on passive
      reunion registries..

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