2013 Mosaic Adult Tour
"From the moment I arrived and throughout the trip, it was amazing in so many ways. Everything felt familiar. I blended! I had never met so many people in such an intimate way before, and I had never before met so many kind and generous people. Our group was treated like celebrities. I was accustomed to being the only Asian in any given situation. The trip was really fun, educational, and beautiful as one might expect. I learned firsthand that I’m not alone and not rejected. The world is no longer full of strangers. During the trip we developed strong bonds amongst the group and the Koreans we met. If Korea were a tree, I feel like I’ve been grafted back onto the tree. All my ancestors may be buried there. I felt very near to them when I visited my likely hometown, and I hadn’t realized how much I miss them. I cherish the people I met on the trip, and I hope to know them throughout the rest of my life. I definitely want to return to Korea often."
- Soon Ja
- Soon Ja
"I could not have underestimated the impact of my going back to Korea more. As far as I can remember I have not had any real cultural identity with Korea or being Korean. This trip was an amazing opportunity to reconnect with my heritage and begin my life as a Korean American. The variety of activities and events, culminating with the concert at the end of the week all contributed to the richness of the overall experience and memories. I'd recommend the trip to any Korean adoptee who feels disconnected to their heritage and history."
"It was truly a God send that was I selected to go on this trip. Finally to be able to meet 20 adult Korean adoptees & sharing our joys & sorrows together from the experiences we share on the trip. On a special level of appreciation, as a first generation adoptee, I was finally able to return to my homeland over 50 years later. I had always wanted to see Korea before I died. Connecting with my Korean host family truly made me feel like I was finally 'home'. The whole trip has left me very humbled about life."
"Being selected to be a part of the first Mosaic Tour will forever be one of the best things that ever happened to me. The love that Minyoung and Grace have for the Korean adoptee community is a gift that none of us will ever be able to repay them for, and I will forever be in their debt. Prior to boarding my flight back home, back to our motherland, I wasn't sure what to expect. All I knew was that I was more excited than I had ever been in my entire life. I have always been proud to be Korean, but it took me over thirty years to finally be ready to explore what being Korean really meant to me. I knew that I would meet other adoptees on our trip, and I hoped to meet as many native Koreans as possible as well, but I honestly had no idea that I would make the kinds of friendships that would last me a lifetime. The experiences and activities that were arranged for us were beyond anything that I had ever dreamed of, and they really allowed us to experience our homeland as more than just tourists. Activities such as visiting Aeranwon and taking our trip to Pohang were two of the most emotional and rewarding experiences I will have ever been a part of. But even after all of the things that we did and saw, it will be our interactions with the people that forever hold the biggest parts of my heart." -
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