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My Princess

A really good story about adoption where the players are balanced–no one is made to be evil. Slight mark down on the main character’s sister. However, the issues of adoption were handled well overall.

My Father

Korean movie starring Daniel Henney as the Adoptee.

Notes: Probably (though a little sad) one of the best portrayals of adoption to date, especially international adoption.

Please Teach Me English

A really sweet portrayal of adoption, where the adoptee isn’t a cold jerk… but warm, also a warm movie all over for the tensions between Korean and English.

I’m Sorry I Love You

I have horrible objections to this drama including the adoptee killing himself so his brother could get a kidney because his Korean mother didn’t “love” him enough. Horrid and more horrid, including the “abuse” of the adoptive parent. It’s always worth watching bad portrayals to know the range you’re dealing with though.

Who are you?

Yoon Kye Sang as the adoptee and Kang Nam Gil and Go Ah Ra in the other main roles.

Notes: The portrayal of adoption is really horrid here… where the adoptee has to be “warmed up” as in the tradition of Korean dramas and culture. However, it is a charming drama if you are willing to suspend disbelief.

Women Under the Sun

This is a melodrama.

Notes: Bad portrayal of adoption.

Bad Guy


Notes: Bad portrayal of adoption.

Surgeon Bong Dal Hee

It’s watchable, it’s not quite melodrama. Probably better for older crowd.

Notes: Discarded adoptive child main character.

What Star are You From?

A sweet, but slow drama. You really have to give it a chance.

Notes: Really shockingly sad portrayal of birth family.
Movies in English that deal with Adoption (and TV shows)

Thorn Birds

Horrid betrayal of adoption. Shows Adoptees as always angsting over their adoption.

United States

A Simple Twist Of Fate

Steve Martin meets Adoption.


Horrid movie and got a lot of press on how horrid it was in portrayal of foster Kids, adoptees, adoptive parents and pretty much any part of the triad.


Good for the interaction between adoptive parent and son, bad for the parent that had to give up Tarzan… So take it with a grain of salt.

Meet the Robinsons

The movie outside of the adoption issues it has is pretty entertaining, however, screen first, decide to discuss later is probably better. Personally, I was disappointed with the film. It was going so well until the rejection by the PAPs and the rejection of Lewis’s mother by Lewis.

While the director was an adoptee, he was not in an orphanage long enough to remember it. This might have been some of the difference between head and film, where he didn’t know the impact.

Garnered some criticism from the whole triad:

The Omen

A child is adopted and thought to be the son of the devil. I don’t think I have to see that one to know it’s really horrid on adoption. And they don’t show the home study either.

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Children’s Books:

(Following collected by Adoptive Parent, Eleanor Lewis)

“A Mother for Choco”

“Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born”

“I Love You Like Crazy Cakes”.

“We’re Different We’re the Same”

“In My Heart”

“Shaoey and Dot”

“A Koala for Katie”

“Just In Case You Ever Wondered”

“I Love You Forever”

“On The Night You Were Born”

“Toddler Two”

“The Korean Cinderella”,

“Minji’s Salon”

“Bi Bim Bop” story

“Count Your Way through Korea”

“The Furry Legged Teapot”

“Tree of Cranes”

Collected by Kirsten Goetz (Adoptive parent):

MAMA: a TRUE story, in which a BABY HIPPO loses his MAMA during a TSUNAMI, but finds a new home, and a new MAMA

by Jeanette Winter
general themes: even with a tragic loss you will still be taken care of/ parents don’t have to look the same as children/ babies need parents or homes/ adoption happens in the world of animals too… and the last page shows the birth mother hippo is still there and baby hippo does not lose her memory or his love for her.

We See the Moon

Carrie A. Kitze

Strongly suggested reading for any prospective adoptive parent. Helpful for adoptees to know that it’s okay to think about birth parents, ask questions and honor their birth/first mother.

Babies Can’t Eat Kimchee!

Nancy Patz and Susan L. Roth
Great for older sibling when a new baby arrives in the family – beautiful illustrations of Korean girls. Nice to see Korean faces in children’s books!!!

Collected by Me:

Any book by Linda Sue Park Good for a range of ages.

Tales of a Korean Grandmother: 32 Traditional Tales from Korea

Traditional Tales about Korea for children. A collection of folktales.

Finding My Voice

Mary G. Lee

For 13-16 dealing with race. It’s sequel is also worth looking at as well as other books by this author. You might want to screen the single book she wrote on adoption, though.