The Olympic Games in South Korea are over, but the stories coming out of the Olympics are just beginning. Stories about the winners and losers are a big part of the international event, but the personal stories hit most people right in the soft area of their soul during, and after the Olympics are over.
Marissa Brant went to South Korea to play for the South Korean hockey team, and her sister, Hannah, went to play for the United States hockey team. Marissa is one of the children adopted during the 1980s massive Korean international adoption program. More than 200,000 South Korean babies went up for adoption due to several social issues. Poverty was the main issue.
Other stories of adoptees going to the Olympics to cheer for their favorite athletes bring the scope of the 1980s South Korea adoption program into focus. Adoptees like Matt Galbraith and his biological brother were five when they were part of the adoption program. They were there to see their biological mother and family again. The boys met her for the first time in 2009.
There is always a chance international adoptees will have issues in another culture. Racial and social issues play a role psychological uncertainty. But the South Korean adoptees are not in that category. Getting a chance to play in the Olympics is the goal for most young, active people is the dream of a lifetime. To be able to participate in their favorite sport and then have a chance to reunite with their biological family and intense culture is the thrill of a lifetime. Their “can’t get any better meter” goes crazy. And to add more amazingness to the experience, the women’s United States Hockey got the gold medal. The South Korea team didn’t win a medal, but that didn’t stop Marissa from celebrating with her sister.
There were a lot of winners at the Olympics, but the biggest winners may be the adoptees who got a chance to visit with their families again. There’s no doubt. A South Korean Barbeque and Kimchi party was part of the visit.