The adoptees came to the public hearing on adoption law at 9:30 am on Feb. 26 at the Francisco Education Center. Despite the early morning hour and the hard-to-find location, we rallied around equal access to democratic govt processes by demanding interpretation/translation.
25% of the audience -- including the world's happiest couple Nicole and Lars (2nd row) -- were adoptees. Our signs, stickers, and nametags made it easy for people to see who they are talking about when they are making the law!!
The photo that Yonhap News Agency sent worldwide over the newswire to accompany its English news article the day of the meeting. Yonhap News also ran a Korean-language article. Thanks to Yonhap journalists Shin Hye-in and Hong Duck-hwa.
Kim Stoker gives them the evil eye.
Jacob and Soona in solidarity.
Jenny Na says, "Tong-yeok this!"
About 25-30 adoptees came out to demand their right to know. With our non-adopted supporters, we numbered at least 40.
The two guys standing are GOAL translators
The fabulous Tammy Chu, director of important movies.
A rare sighting of the elusive Marc in front (as opposed to behind) the camera.
Vincent, what up?
Chris 철규 씨 is tuckered out after riding the train all the way from Daegu in the morning to attend this meeting.
A+++ for commitment!!
Daewon and the government guy Park Chan-su from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Holt guy Park Heung-geun on the right
Prof. Huh Nam-soon from Hallym University, the leader of the research group
Yoon Seong-seung, law prof from Aju University and Huh Nam-soon, Hallym University social welfare studies prof.
Kim Seung-kwan, Korea Social Welfare Research Center
Kim Sang-yong, Joongang University law professor
On the right, Han Yeon-hee, board of Korea Adoption Public Information
Tammy Ko Robinson, just the right balance of brainy + sweet + kick-ass.
Cody is the angel on Soona's shoulder.
Soona - proud to be who her fine self is!
Suyoon listening hard.
Make it plain!
Lee Be-geun. Korean youth promotion center, where the research meetings are held.
law for the advancement of adoption
research on system improvement
public hearing to announce results