What’s unusual about this petition drive is that it was launched by a group of mothers whose children were adopted abroad.
The mothers call their group Mindeuelae – Dandelions – as in dandelions whose seeds may have been blown far away, but who won’t be done away with.
Their children who return as grown adults, “a thorn piercing Korea’s conscience,” says this editorial.
I appreciated this quote by Jae Ran Kim who joined the Dandelions in protest:
It is not a matter of whether you had a good experience or bad experience as an adoptee. The adoption system goes way beyond that. It works within a political, institutional structure of society.This sentiment is very similar to differentiating between individual acts of racism and the deeply entrenched, yet more difficult to identify aspects of institutional racism. It’s the need to recognize that problems in adoption do not rest in how “successful” an individual’s adoption is, but that the problems are part of a larger system that trades children for dollars, favors the wealthy over the poor and preys upon the vulnerable.
Jane Jeong Trenka was a leading organizer of the protest and has a moving video about the Dandelion group on her blog.
May this event of the Dandelion mothers signal the door opening to the voices of mothers the world over.
Adoptee seeks end to overseas adoption, JoongAng Daily, August 4, 2007
Jane’s Blog, Korean birthparents against intl adoption, August 6, 2007
[Editorial] Stop intercountry adoption, The Hankyoreh, August 4, 2007
Korean adoptees from abroad and birth mothers protest overseas adoption, Yonhap News Agency, August 5, 2007