Time to dig up those old reels! The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is looking for folks to share their home movies through a participatory online project, Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies.
“Our mission is to present stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences and home movies are an unacknowledged, and yet rich, part of that history,” said CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong. “We hope to inspire future generations and connect them to the past and to the visual record of how earlier generations became Asian American.”
CAAM, in partnership with Internet Archive, is taking home movies, originally filmed in 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm formats and creating high-quality digital copies to share online. Stored in good conditions at 40 degrees F and 30 percent humidity, they can last hundreds of years. But stored in poor conditions — for example, high humidity or fluctuating temperatures — they can start to deteriorate in less than 50 years. Continue Reading »
Our resident mental health expert shares insights and advice on separation anxiety in children.
by DR. ESTHER OH
You’re dropping off your second-grader at school, but she refuses to let go of your leg. When you try to gently remove her, she clings even harder. “I’ll be back later to pick you up,” you reassure her, as the tears stream and screams erupt. A quick glance at your watch shows you’re late for work—again. Your goal at this point is to find a quick and painless way to escape this situation.
Does this sound familiar?
If so, your child may be dealing with an issue called separation anxiety disorder (SAD), which occurs in 5 percent of children. Separation anxiety is developmentally normal for infants from 6 to 30 months of age, with a peak around 15 to 18 months. But it should decline between the ages of 3 and 5, as children begin to realize that separation from loved ones is only temporary. This anxiety becomes a problem if it continues in children, aged 7 to 9 years old.
What does SAD look like? Continue Reading »
The party of the year is here! Not going to Audrey and KoreAm‘s annual gala, Unforgettable? You’re still invited to the exclusive after party!
What better way to end the year than by partying with some of the most admired Asian celebrities?
Come celebrate with Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae, David Choi, Clara C., Jason Chen, Joseph Vincent, Wong Fu Productions, Dia Frampton and her sister Meg, Arden Cho, Lindsay Price and many more. You won’t want to miss this!
Unforgettable 2013 After Party
Music, Dancing, and a Full (Cash) Bar
Bronze Room in Park Plaza Hotel
607 SOUTH PARK VIEW STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90057
Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:00 pm – 1:30 am
Guest List Only
Admission is FREE to those on the guest list. SPACE IS LIMITED — RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!
Name: Stephanie Snyder
Mother’s maiden name: Cha
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Describe your background.
I grew up here in Pittsburgh. My parents met when my father was in the Army and stationed in Seoul. It is such a remarkable story because my mother and father knew very little of each other’s language. Currently, I reside here in Pittsburgh and my mother is a professor in Seoul.
If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
It would definitely have to be kimchi, not only is it good for you but tastes amazing.
What is one goal you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?
The one goal I would like to accomplish during my lifetime is becoming well known in the modeling industry. I want to be recognized for my efforts and looks here in the U.S. as well as in Korea.
Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
A quirky or “bad” habit of mine would have to be that I can crack literally every bone in my body. From my toes, back, neck and ankles, I should just be my own chiropractor. Horrible habit, I know.
What do you feel is your most attractive physical feature? Continue Reading »
This picture shows South Korean babies given up for adoption. Between delivery and placing them with a foster family, these infants usually spend their first few weeks in the adoption agency’s nursery, where a handful of caregivers look after them.
Faces of Adoption
A photojournalist, herself a Korean adoptee, presents the very intimate moments shared with her by birth mothers, adoptive parents and adoptees.
story and photographs by JEANNE MODDERMAN
It was clear when I started this project on Korean adoption that I could not be an objective photographer. That didn’t mean I wasn’t going to try. As a Korean adoptee trying to tell this story, I wrestled with how I could document all perspectives. I wanted to portray the facts, but also capture the humanity of this sensitive topic. I admit my adoptee status granted me special privileges in photographing this project. I was able to gain access to very personal and intimate moments because the subjects took comfort in the fact that I had some understanding of the situation. Still, I was unprepared for much of what I witnessed.
I’m not sure you can ever prepare yourself to watch a mother give away her 5-day old infant and the absolute despair that ensues, or see an adoptive family meet their daughter for the first time, or witness an adoptee reunite with her birth mother after searching for seven years. These experiences directly affected my own adoption story. After meeting one of the birth mothers, she made me promise to search for my own mother. It’s what she hoped her own child would do.
I wanted to cover the longing of many adoptees to return to their birth country and the result of some making their lives there. There is a large community of Korean adoptees from all over living in South Korea. As one who lived there for over a year, I can attest that it’s a time filled with complex feelings and emotions, often a struggle to decide how you fit in, but also a security in being with people like you. Working on this project opened my eyes to the many faces of adoption and allowed me to see it from new points of view. From the birth mothers, to the foster mothers, to the adoptive parents and, of course, the adoptees, there are so many stories out there waiting to be told. Continue Reading »