I’d like to add that I have come to decide that Myung-Sook is right. I’ve just been in denial all this time, feeling that I needed to discount that abandonment was part of Korean culture in order to continue fighting. However, the sick thing is that it really does permeate everything here.
I do believe it is a new phenomenon, post-war, and that it was jettisoned into the Korean psyche by the self-promoted cult of Holt.
Did you know that Bertha Holt received a STATE HONORED FUNERAL when she died? Probably why Molly walks around wearing hanbok…so a little canonization dust will guaranteed decorate her path wherever she goes. Koreans who helped Holt give away Korean children and who continue to help give away Korean children speak about their involvement with this process with pride. I set them straight whenever I meet one.
And, as I found out with my class of highly educated and thoughtful Korean teacher conversation class, send the baby away is the defacto response to even the most compelling story of mother and child in hard circumstances. SICK.
I, too, have been horribly disturbed by the prevalence of this topic in film. So disturbed I took to entering into a spread-sheet every film I watched on MySoju.com, and also that has mentioned adoption on Soompi.com. The list is too huge…and I don’t watch Korean movies or dramas much.
I am convinced that the whole revisiting of this pain validates their conviction that they are the most suffering people on the planet. I am so sick of Han…
But, what Myung-Sook showed me is that even though this is part of contemporary Korean culture now, it doesn’t mean it’s good, right, or can’t be changed.
Fortunately, Korea IS adopting the Hague Convention and that means legislation will soon follow to at the very least protect the identities of Korean children. About freaking time…
So, I will clarify my position. I like most Korean people individually. I hate the Korean collective. I like traditional Korean culture. And I hate, hate, hate this post colonial culture of capitalizing on being exploited by imperialists in order to support an easier path to self promotion through the abandonment of women by the expulsion of their children.