In the early 1950s, Korea was a devastated nation just recovering from a North Korean and Chinese invasion. Families struggled to survive and one method was by allowing their children to be adopted by families throughout the world. It is estimated from 1950 to the present at least 190,000 Korean children were adopted by people living in the United States and Europe.
There have been some recent attempts by those children to reconnect with their Korean heritage including a rather extensive art and media show now being present in Seoul. Some were raised in societies in which they were viewed as different and now they are attempting to discover if their Korean heritage has as much significance as does that of the land which gave them refuge. For we Americans, it is an old story since so many of us have ties to other lands.