Growing up in an area where it is not sensitive towards other cultures has truly scarred me. I was verbally and physically bullied for being the minority and not the majority, which consisted of being either Caucasian or African American. Such traumatizing events truly made me ashamed of who I was… It made me not want to go to Korea, meet my biological family, or have any interest in Korea.
During the summer of 2006, I applied and was accepted for Holt’s Summer School Program. This program was and still is designed to unite 20 adoptees throughout Europe and the United States. During our stay, we had the opportunity to learn about Korea’s culture, history, food, language, and Tae Kwon Do. Additionally, we traveled throughout Korea. This trip was a life altering experience for me which I’ll never forget. The bond and love that I have for each Korean adoptee that I encountered during this stay is eternal. Because of this trip, I finally felt proud of where I came from.
The above photo is of my adoptive father, myself, my biological mother, and my maternal uncle. My journey in searching for my biological mother began in 2004 and I finally met her in 2009. Regardless of the dedication and time it took to locate her, I never lost hope. I strongly believe in fate and if two people were destined to meet then fate will bring them together regardless of the obstacles blocking their way.
My name is Lynn Evans. My Korean name is Seo Jihyun, and my case number is K86-391.