This past week, both of these Korean language newspapers featured our closing ceremony for Korean Culture School for fall 2015. Here is the English translation.
Korean Culture School for Korean adoptees and their adoptive families celebrated their semester end.
“Wearing Korean hanbok and learning Korean holidays”
ASIA Families (Executive Director Grace Song), a non-profit organization that provides services for Korean adoptees and their adoptive families, had a semester end ceremony for Korean Culture School (KCS) on December 12. KCS takes place in KCS takes place in United Korean Presbyterian Church (Pastor Haegil Kim) in Bethesda, MD. The fall semester of KCS started past September and has been attended by 75 adopted children, over 45 volunteers, and 75 adoptive parents totaling over 200 people. This semester children learned about Korean culture and holidays such as chuseok and sullal.
A Korean hanbok company, Ye Dam (Owner Minsoo Chu), donated children’s hanboks so some children and teens were able to wear hanboks and gave big bows to adoptive parents during the semester end ceremony.
Grace Song, the executive director of ASIA Families, states that ASIA Families ran Korean Culture Camp, Camp Rice, a birthland tour to Korea, Sole to Seoul Walk-a-thon in the year of 2015 and will prepare quality post adoption services for the year of 2016.
Mrs. Chansoon Holly Kim received a special certificate of appreciation for her tireless work for Korean adoptees. Devon Lee of Lake Braddock High school and Ms. Susan Schulken, an adoptive mom of a Korean child, received bronze level the Presidential Volunteer Awards for their services.
All children at KCS received special presents from the SCHOLAS (Owner Sunchul Kim), a Korean based 3D puzzle company.
ASIA Families was founded in 2009 to support Korean adoptees and adoptive families. ASIA Families has been providing educational programs to share Korean culture and instill Korean identity among adoptees.