I met Sarah Ishida on a sticky summer evening in Itaewon. On a different summer night, which ended with tall beers and long discussions on Korean culture, Sarah schooled me on international adoption in Korea. This was a very specific beast, she explained.
When Sarah decided to take her search for her biological mother public, she had interviews with The Korea Herald and KBS, putting in her best effort to make contact with anyone who may have known her mother.
This article was never going to aid her search. When I asked her if I could tell her story, we both knew that. What remains is my best attempt at depicting the courage that her — and other adoptees I interviewed — require in order to challenge the Korean adoption system despite almost insurmountable stumbling blocks.
The article is now in print in Korea, and online below: