ASIA Families

Post adoption services and culturally enriching programs for Korean adoptees

ASIA was founded to meet the need to bring cultural resources, and other support services to international adoptees and their adoptive families. ASIA received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS in January 2010. ASIA opened its first Korean Culture School in January 2010 and we were awarded an educational grant from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. In addition to the Embassy of Korea's support, we wish to recognize our students and their families. Due to your enthusiasm and support, ASIA is growing.

Mission: Our missions are to: 1) assist internationally adopted persons to develop their identities through enriching education programs relative to their country of birth, 2) grow leaders among internationally adopted individuals so that they may contribute to society, and 3) gather and distribute information and resources to promote healthy adoptive families with children who joined their families from countries other than the USA.

Operating as usual

It’s Camp RICE, Covid Edition. Our teens are going on a virtual adventure.

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Lydia Kim, our Korea tour director, is one of the smiling faces that usually greets families when they arrive at culture school. We wish we could see her in person, but for now we're excited to follow her new YouTube channel about Korean food and culture https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkmrFl_LAppcuu2ib4T3ZNw

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[06/18/20]   Please save the date for an ASIA Families Listening Session about COVID-19, George Floyd, and Race on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM (EST) via Zoom.

This session is to understand and share our unique perspectives as transracial adoptees in the time of COVID-19. We will also discuss how our experiences intersect with events surrounding George Floyd and dialogue on racial injustice.

Adult Adoptees 18 years old+ are welcome to attend this free event. To allow for full participation, group size will be capped at 15 attendees and RSVPs will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. To RSVP, please email [email protected].

Eunjung, Grace and Grace’s kids have been busy packing and mailing the masks that have arrived from the Korean embassy. If you’ve requested a mask through Asia families, they are now on their way to you and should arrive within the next few days!

KAAN: the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network

DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE, WE HAVE TO CLOSE THE FORM RESPONSE NOW.

Need a mask?

The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sending disposable face masks to KOREAN ADOPTEES.

If you are a KOREAN ADOPTEE in the United States and need of a mask, please complete the google doc

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevwoY0UGyRiJwIL37vCwHWwMeEOKqboGoTudcBTolULRmZNg/viewform?usp=sf_link

[04/02/20]   We have cancelled all of our spring and summer programs for 2020, including the remaining sessions of Culture School as well as Camp Rice. We hope to be able to see everyone at Korean Culture School in the fall.

We're also planning ahead for next summer and hope you'll save the date for Camp Rice on July 29-31, 2021.

Stay healthy and safe!

With a heavy heart we have made the decision to cancel our 2020 Korea Bridge Tour. We have notified all participants and given them the option to keep a spot on the tour for 2021.

[03/09/20]   As an organization that serves young children, adults, and families, ASIA Families prioritizes your safety and health and carefully considers when precautionary measures may be needed. Therefore, the March session of Korean Culture School is cancelled and your pro-rated session fee will be refunded.

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Make sure to save the date for everyone's favorite summer camp! We'll be back at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center from July 23-25, 2020. https://www.asiafamilies.org/camp-rice-korean-culture-camp

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This is a great scholarship opportunity for international adoptees.

Do you know amazing international adoptees who are high school seniors or college students? Please let them know about this exciting scholarship opportunity! { Pictured below: Darci Siegel, last year’s scholarship winner }

Also-Known-As’ scholarship program has been created to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of young dynamic adoptees attending college. This year the Also-Known-As Adoptee Excellence Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding graduating high school senior or undergraduate student who was adopted to the United States from another country.

The Adoptee Excellence Scholarship is open to international adoptees who demonstrate the attributes of perseverance, integrity, leadership, and good citizenship. Also-Known-As seeks candidates who have used their formative youth experiences and insight gained through navigating their own adoption story to lead, serve, and pursue a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities.

International adoptees are invited to apply who were adopted to the U.S. from another country; age 25 or under as of the application deadline; and plan to enroll full-time in Fall 2020 in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college, university, or vocational-technical school. Financial need will be considered this year. The scholarship will be awarded in June 2020.

Application deadline: April 30, 2020. Please visit alsoknownas.org/scholarship for application directions and materials. Any questions? Email the Scholarship Committee at [email protected].

We had a wonderful time kicking off this semester of culture school with a hanbok sale and delicious jeon.

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Korean Culture School — ASIA Families

It's not too late to register for Culture School. The first spring session of Korean Culture School is coming up on February 8. https://www.asiafamilies.org/korean-culture-school

asiafamilies.org What’s the best way to learn about Korean culture, make friends, eat delicious Korean food, and have fun? Join us on Saturday mornings for the ASIA Families Korean Culture School!

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ASIA Families Seeks Board Member Candidates — ASIA Families

We're still taking applications for board members! https://www.asiafamilies.org/blog/2020/1/20/asia-families-seeks-board-member-candidates

asiafamilies.org ASIA Families is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2020.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Thank you to the Korean Cultural Center for hosting a wonderful New Year celebration. What a great way to begin the Year of the Rat!

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Bereish*t is a groundbreaking Seoul-based dance company that approaches traditional Korean culture from a contemporary view. Complete with live pansori music, Bereish*t Dance Company’s extravagant performance at Strathmore on February 6 reaches the heights of athletic ability fused with beautiful choreography.

On February 6 at 8 p.m., the Strathmore presents Bereish*t Dance Company. They are a groundbreaking Seoul-based company that approaches Korean traditional culture from a contemporary view.

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ASIA Families Seeks Board Member Candidates — ASIA Families

We are recruiting new board members! The application deadline is February 3rd. https://www.asiafamilies.org/blog/2020/1/20/asia-families-seeks-board-member-candidates

asiafamilies.org ASIA Families is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2020.

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KC Lunar New Year 2020 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center is celebrating Lunar New Year showcasing Chinese and Korean culture. https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XU5RA

kennedy-center.org We are pleased to continue our annual Lunar New Year celebration and ring in the Year of the Rat with showcases of Chinese and Korean culture. We are also presenting a special display of Winter Lanterns in recognition of the first winter season at the REACH.

[01/07/20]   Registration for the spring semester of KCS is now open! https://form.jotform.com/200045022578951

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Happy (Solar) New Year from all of us at ASIA Families.

Lunar New Year is just around the corner and we’re happy to once again partner with Korean Cultural Services to celebrate this event! This year’s celebration will take place on January 25th. For more information and to register, follow this link: https://form.jotform.com/200017745347047

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Korea Tour — ASIA Families

Did you complete your application to join our Korea tour? The deadline for KADs to apply is tomorrow. https://www.asiafamilies.org/korea-tour

asiafamilies.org Join us for an amazing opportunity for both children and adult adoptees to visit their birth country. Led by ASIA Families's Executive Director, Grace Song, our Korea tour brings together our knowledge of the language, travel, culture, and international adoption experiences to offer you the trip o.....

The deadline to apply for our 2020 Korea Bridge Tour is only a few days away (on December 20.)

KADs, this is your chance to visit Korea with most on ground expenses paid by ASIA families.

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Korea Tour — ASIA Families

Korean Adult Adoptees, the deadline to apply for our 2020 Korea Tour is only one week away! https://www.asiafamilies.org/korea-tour

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Time flies! Tomorrow will be our last session of Korean Culture School for 2019. After our program, we’ll have our special closing ceremony and lunch.

We will still be accepting donations of hanboks for a spring fundraiser.

Adult Adoptees, apply for your chance to join ASIA Families on our Korea Bridge Tour 2020 - most ground expenses will be covered by us. https://www.asiafamilies.org/korea-tour

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Korea Tour — ASIA Families

We are thrilled to sponsor up to 10 adult adoptees for our 2020 Korea tour that overlaps with our family tour this summer. ASIA Families will cover most ground expenses for 11 days, June 23 through July 3. For more information and to apply, check our website. The deadline to apply is December 20. https://www.asiafamilies.org/korea-tour

asiafamilies.org Join us for an amazing opportunity for both children and adult adoptees to visit their birth country. Led by ASIA Families's Executive Director, Grace Song, our Korea tour brings together our knowledge of the language, travel, culture, and international adoption experiences to offer you the trip o...

We're collecting hanboks for a fundraiser. If you have any hanboks that your children have outgrown, please consider donating them to ASIA Families. We'll be accepting them on Saturday and at our December session.

[10/31/19]   Happy Halloween! There will be no tricks at Saturday’s session of Korean Culture School, only treats. Parents, we’ve got Joan Suwalsky (adoptive parent, developmental psychologist, and longtime friend of KCS) speaking to us about how to foster cultural knowledge and pride in our children. Kids will be celebrating Pepero Day.

ASIA Families Gala 2019

What a great evening celebrating 10 years of supporting Korean adoptees and their families! Thank you Matthew Booth for the beautiful pictures.

What a great evening celebrating 10 years of supporting Korean adoptees and their families! Thank you Matthew Booth for the beautiful pictures.

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and volunteered their time to make our Gala a success.

photo credit: Matthew Booth

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ASIA Families 10th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction

It's the last day for online bidding for our silent auction items! We've got Nats tickets, cooking lessons, a fun outing with an adult adoptee, and so much more! Don't miss out on our unique experiences!
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ASIA Families 10th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction

Online bidding for our silent auction ends at 9 p.m. tomorrow! Don't miss out on the wonderful items and experiences that are available!

https://www.auctria.com/Az/a4670e48-951a-4481-82a6-4493ac0cf334/Event/Index?page=19caae3c-ef3a-489b-afce-b42612907281&initial_state=~(fa295d4c-639c-457a-b714-14472c9d525d~(page~0~group~%27All~category~%27)~dd584c5c-4f36-4fcd-92a4-3e86a1834b03~(page~0~group~%27All~category~%27))

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