Living Loud DC June 1 at Busboys & Poets K St.

LivingLoudDCLiving Loud DC: Join a spirited collective of writers and artists for an  evening of creative expression and readings focused on the search for self

Date & Time: Sunday June 1, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC

Featuring …

Opening Remarks
Ambassador Susan Jacobs
Special Advisor to the Secretary for Children’s Issues

Music by
Superior Cling

Readings by
Jennifer Anastasi
Amira Rose Davis
Aselefech Evans
Rosita Gonzalez
Rebecca Hawkes
Michelle Lahti
Karen Pickell
Julie Stromberg
Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston

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UMD Samulnori Sat Apr 19 7:30 PM

Dynamic Korean Drumming: Samulnori!

The University of Maryland
Korean Percussion Ensemble
Sebastian Wang, Director

Guest Musicians
New York Samulnori
Jisun Han, Gayageum

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 pm
Free Admission

Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park

Click here for a printable flyer.

UMD Samulnori 4-19-14

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KF-KUMCGW Lunar New Year Celebration Feb 8 in McLean

Welcome the Year of the Horse
at the
Korean Focus – KUMCGW

2014 Lunar New Year Celebration!

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
12 – 1 pm – Registration      1 – 4 pm – Program

Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington
1219 Swinks Mill Rd, McLean, VA 22102

$20/family or $5/person

Adult and teen volunteers welcome!

Contact Korean Focus to RSVP or volunteer or for more information!

Come and welcome 2014, the Year of the Horse, at Korean Focus’s largest annual event, made possible each year through the help and generosity of the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington.

KoreanTraditionalDanceTeam1* Enjoy performances of Korean music and dance by the Korean Traditional Dance Team under the direction of Mrs. Hee Kyung Lee. The team will perform the Mask, Drum and Fan dances during the opening ceremony, and will teach a workshop during the activity sessions.
JaeOkChang* Taste your favorite Korean foods, brought to you by Chef Jae Ok Chang, author of the Korean cookbook series Vignette of Korean Cooking. Chef Chang will provide the days refreshments, and will also give Korean cooking demonstrations throughout the day.
* Learn a taekwondo form and basic moves with the help of Hee Eun Mun and assistants
* Play traditional Korean games, like yut and tuho
* Learn the basics of taekwondo
GLA KF Craft Sale 2* Shop for beautiful Korean handicrafts, art, jewelry, toys and more at the Ginkgo Leaf Arts Korean craft sale
* Try your luck at the annual New Year raffle
* Make a craft to take home to remember the fun

Volunteers welcome, especially teens: this is a great opportunity to obtain community service hours. We welcome the help of adoptees, adoptive parents and members of the Korean American community. Contact us if you’d like to help.

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Free Samulnori Concert Nov 25 at UMD

Dynamic Korean Drumming: Samulnori!
The University of Maryland Korean Percussion Ensemble
Sebastian Wang, Director

Guest Musicians
New York Samulnori
Jisun Han, Gayageum

Monday, November 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
FREE Admission

Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park

UMD Samulnori 11-25-13

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Insadong West Korean Craft Sale 11-23-13 in Bethesda

Don’t miss the third annual
Insadong West Korean Craft Sale
Brought to you by Korean Focus and Ginkgo Leaf Arts

Date & Time: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 11 AM – 3 PM
Location: St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Lower Level, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD

Come and enjoy …

  • Huge Korean craft sale: hanboks, bojagi, jewelry, toys, games, furniture, decorative items and more
  • Bojagi wrapping workshops for kids and adults
  • Sneak peak at the wonderful new book 100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit & Beauty of Traditional Korean Handicrafts by Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky
  • The jewelry of Rae Anne Johnson: One of a kind jewelry that makes a statement. Visit to see Rae Ann’s beautiful work.
  • Stories, games and crafts for the kids
  • Refreshments, conversation and fun!

Click here for photos and descriptions of what you’ll find at the sale.

Email us for additional information.

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2013 Coffee & Conversation Schedule

coffeeIn 2013, Korean  Focus will continue our Saturday Coffee & Conversation meet-ups quarterly.  These casual get-togethers provide a great opportunity for prospective adoptive parents, and adoptees and families new to the area to share their experiences, discuss the latest Korean adoption news, and pick up information about Korean Focus and other DC area resources.

A Korean Focus Board member will be at every coffee to make sure we find each other. Adults only please! RSVP via email from our contact page – but if you forgot, please join us anyway.

Time: 11 AM
Dates and Locations:

  • June 22: Bon Appetit Bakery, 10155 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD
  • August 24: Shilla Bakery, 6015 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville, VA  CANCELLED
  • TENTATIVE -> November 15: Shilla Bakery, 2089 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD

See you there!

Also on the horizon in 2013:

  • Korean cooking in October
  • Gingko Leaf Arts Korean craft sale in November
  • And a couple of other programs still in planning

Stay tuned to the Korean Focus website, Facebook page, Twitter feed or eBulletin for details. Or check the KF Calendar from time to time for Korean Focus and other area Korean and adoption community events.

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Still time to register for KAAN 2013: Working Together

kaanSince 1999, KAAN has provided annual conferences in the U.S. or Korea. These conferences are unique assemblies of Korean-born adoptees of all ages as well as family through birth, adoption or marriage, other Koreans and Korean-Americans, social workers, adoptees from other backgrounds, community leaders, and more. Through gathering together, we find what we have in common and where we can help one another.

KAAN 2013: Working Together
August 2-4, 2013
Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI

The Annual KAAN Conference, now in its 15th year, provides over 30 sessions on race and identity, family relationships, parenting tools, search and reunion, and more. Presenters include authors, educators, activists, therapists, and grassroots leaders, as well as adoptees, first parents and adoptive parents. Each session block includes an adoptee-only session as well as many choices open to all. Cultural and social activities are offered as well as vendors, exhibits, and film screenings.

For more information, including online registration and hotel reservation contacts, visit the KAAN Conference webpage.

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S.Amdt.1222 for Adoptee Citizenship Approved by Senate

On June 18th, by unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved the addition of S.Amdt.1222 to S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This amendment fills the gap left by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 for older adoptees by providing retroactive citizenship to those who were 18 and older at the time the CCA 2000 went into effect in February 2001. S.Amnt. 1222 was sponsored by Sen Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, and Senators Daniel Coats of Indiana, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Roy Blunt of Montana. The purpose of the amendment is:

To apply the amendments made by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 retroactively to all individuals adopted by a citizen of the United States in an international adoption and to repeal the preadoption parental visitation requirement for automatic citizenship and to amend section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to automatic citizenship for children born outside of the United States who have a United States citizen parent.

Passage of the amendment does not immediately resolve the adoptee citizenship gap, as it depends on the passage of S. 744. However, it signals a willingness on the part of the Senate to resolve the failure of the CCA 2000 to provide guaranteed citizenship for all adoptees.

Read the text and Senator Landrieu’s remarks in the Congressional Record starting on page S4441.

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Approved for Adoption in DC June 21 and 23

Select screenings of Approved for Adoption, the touching animated film about a young boy’s adoption to Belgium, are taking place in film festivals across the nation, including Washington, DC at the AFI DOCS Film Festival

June 21, 3PM, AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD
June 23, 6PM, Goethe-Institute, Washington, DC

For more information visit the AFI website. Watch the Approved for Adoption trailer.

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LGA Magazine: Adoptees’ time to lead

Please read the following important announcement from Kevin Haebom Vollmers of Land of Gazillion Adoptees. Your support will help make Land of Gazillion Adoptees Magazine a reality. Please support this important project with a donation; contact LGA here for instructions on how to donate. Also, please share the message with your communities – click here for a shareable copy of the message below.

LGA Magazine

Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA) is seeking partners to offer seed funding to cover our overhead expenses as we transition the LGA blog into the Land of Gazillion Adoptees Magazine. We are looking for financial partners who recognize the great ethos of the adoptee community, and wish to help adoptees to: 

  • discuss the nuances and complexities about adoption in meaningful ways;
  • make more of an impact in the general public, fine arts, film, music, research, and public policy;
  • and influence the adoption conversations that are increasingly more prevalent in the general public.


In the past year and a half, I have overseen the growth of Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA), a multimedia company premised on a simple, yet ambitious idea – it is the adoptees’ time to lead the adoption community. LGA started at the grassroots level as a small blog. Within a short period of time, the blog and corresponding Facebook page have become two of the most influential “go to” partners to those in the adoption community who wish to quickly and widely disseminate adoption related information. The blog obtains anywhere between 25,000-75,000 unique hits per month. The Facebook page is seen by anywhere between 5,000-17,000 individuals per week. It is not unusual for blog posts and status updates to reach 1,000+ in a matter of hours. And the reach is expanding to other spaces: an active Twitter account; a Tumblr page devoted to bringing attention to international adoptees who lack citizenship; Watch Adoptee Films, which features adoptee-centric films; and, adding upon the success of the anthology Parenting As Adoptees, plans for five other book publications, which will include two serials.

Beyond the numbers and diversity of reach, the content LGA, especially the blog, generates is influential. As a result of LGA activities, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) hosted an unprecedented meeting between adult adoptees from across the United States and congressional staff in Washington, DC. Minnesota Public Radio and The Kojo Nnadmi Show hosted standalone programs featuring adult adoptees. And an unlikely team, consisting of adoptees, adoptive parents, and staff members of the National Council for Adoption (NCFA), was created to draft and usher through the legislative process an amendment for the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 in order to offer all international adoptees retroactive citizenship. LGA has also been invited to participate in a conversation about the Adoption Tax Credit by The New York Times, landed interviews with well-known individuals such as Korean adoptee Kristen Kish of Top Chef, coordinated from the ground up successful micro-fundraisers for small organizations such as the Korean Unwed Mothers Families’ Association (KUMFA), gave other micro-fundraisers the “LGA bump”, and co-sponsored with the renown Loft Literary Center a reading for the adoptee anthology Parenting As Adoptees. In light of all this, the decision has been made to turn the LGA blog into a magazine, the goals of which will be to:

  • elevate the voices of adoptees and their allies;
  • form stronger bonds between adoptees and allies;
  • extend the reach of the thoughts, perspectives, insights, and influences of adoptees and
  • their allies into the general public, fine arts, film, music, research, and public policy.

To transition into a magazine, I have been able to pull together a diverse, well-established group of contributors. The following backgrounds are represented: Native American; Korean; Chinese; Ethiopian; Vietnamese; African American; Filipina; American Caucasian; adoptive parent; first/birth parent; and first generation immigrant population. These individuals will offer their insights and perspectives on: arts, entertainment, and culture; policy, legislation, and research; literature; food; photography; film; and numerous topics that have relevance for the contributors and their various communities. The contributors will use the following mediums: written opinion pieces; written columns; written and video interviews; short film essays; and photo essays.

Magazine Overhead

Judging by the LGA blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr numbers, and quality of contributors, I estimate that the LGA Magazine will be able to obtain at minimum 10,000 subscribers within two years. Subscriptions will run at $50 p/year. Additionally, I am certain the magazine will be able to generate income through advertisement from small to large companies and organizations. With that said, the magazine will have expense to cover until it is financially sustainable on its own. They include:

  • building/sustaining a website;
  • film and travel expenses for film and photo essayists;
  • time spent on contacting various communities to expand the magazine audience;
  • time spent on obtaining advertisements.
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