Resilience – Discounted Ticket Code

Again, we are so excited to be co-sponsoring Resilience at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival!

The normal ticket price is $12 (general admission).  However, by using the following discount code: CPAKASOCAL (all one word), you can receive the discounted price of $10.

From the film festival’s website: add the desired quantity of tickets (General Admission) to your cart.  Under “Enter Promotional Code” type: CPAKASOCAL and then select “Checkout.”  Confirm your delivery method, either e-ticket or will-call and follow the prompts.  If you have any problems, please feel free to email Max Choi at and he will assist you.

Can’t wait to see you at the screening!

Resilience at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (Wed, May 4th @ 7 PM in K-Town)

We are so excited to continue our association with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  This year we are co-sponsoring Tammy Chu’s remarkable documentary, Resilience.

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM @ CGV Cinemas Theater 1

Resilience tells the story of Korean adoptee Brent Beesley’s reunification with his birth mother, Myungja, and the challenges they face forging a familial bond after so many years apart.  The oft-silent voice in the adoption triad (birth family, Korean adoptee, adoptive family) is the birth mother, whose silence is reinforced by social pressure and internalized shame.  Of course, everyone featured in Resilience is courageous beyond words.  But, what makes Resilience  particularly special is Myungja’s determination to step into the spotlight and give eloquent and passionate voice to the “other side” of adoption.  If knowledge is power, then indeed, shining the light into this dark and obscured place of adoption – while challenging to watch – is ultimately empowering.

Following the screening…

  • There will be a short 15-minute “Question and Answer” session with producer Jessica Windt.  Jessica will shed light on the process of making Resilience and provide context for its remarkable story.
  • Beginning at 9:00 PM, please come out for dinner and drinks at Beer Halle!  Located just beneath the theater (no need to move your car!). Again, producer Jessica Windt will be on hand to answer any follow-up questions about the film and to share more about its genesis and production.

Theater Information & Parking:

Complimentary parking is available in the CGV Parking structure which can be accessed through the Manhattan Street entrance. Please plan on arriving early if you want to park for free. Otherwise there are paid lots and meters in the surrounding area.

621 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Purchasing Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased through AKA-SoCal directly or online, through the film festival.  If you do plan on attending, we ask that you buy your tickets through AKA-SoCal.  This is better for both you and AKA-SoCal.  You get a reduced price ($10, instead of $12), in addition AKA is reimbursed for our initial outlay to the festival (we don’t want to have leftover tickets that we already paid for).  You can purchase tickets through AKA-SoCal in one of two ways:

1.      Pay directly by cash or by check made out to AKA-SoCal, with LA APFF in the “memo” line

2.      Pay  by credit card via Paypal

Whichever way you chose, we ask you contact Max Choi at   Please provide him with:

1.     Your name

2.     Your address

3.     Your phone number

4.     The number of tickets you want to purchase

5.     Your preferred method of payment

6.     Whether or not you plan on attending the dinner with Jessica Windt (producer) after the screening

The deadline for buying tickets through AKA-SoCal, at the reduced price, is: Monday, May 2nd.  If AKA-SoCal runs out of reduced-price tickets before the deadline, we will let you know via our website.  Please check it periodically for updates.  We will then release the code for purchasing discounted tickets through the Film Festival’s website.

Time and again, this film has proved its significance and power; you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to watch it among a KAD community. We can’t wait to see you there!

2011 NestKorea “Let’s Go to Korea!”

NestKorea is holding a “Let’s Go to Korea !” program for overseas Korean adoptees to experience and learn about Korean Culture, especially Jeju Island: from Mon, May 23 to Wed, June 1, 2011.

The program is mainly coordinated for overseas Korean adoptees to experience Korean cuisine, custom and culture via opportunities of direct participation and experiences of Korean Living.

How to apply

– Application due date:
We accept application forms from April 25 to May 14, 2011.

– Email to NestKorea: Please send a completed application form

– Selections:
15 overseas Korean adoptees who are 18 years of age or older will be selected. First come first served basis

– Fees: $200 or 230,000

For questions and applying:
Name: John Kim
Message: 2011 NestKorea “Let’s Go to Korea!”

Adoption Research Project: Exploring the Relationship Between Adult Transnational Adoptees & Their Adoptive Parents

Aloha, Fellow Adoptee Organizations:

I am currently the Vice President of Korean Adoptees of Hawai’i (KAHI) which is also one of the primary sponsors of a Research Project I am working on with my adoptive mother.

I am writing, with my mother, to ask for your assistance in spreading the word about an adoption research project that explores the relationship between adult transnational adoptees and their adoptive parents. This project looks specifically at the manner in which adult transnational adoptees and their parents have negotiated the complex and often thorny issues related to adoptive, racial, and ethnic/cultural identity.

The research project has two complementary components:

1) The first component consists of a pair of on-line surveys that compare the responses of adult transnational adoptees and their adoptive parents across a variety of measures. We hope to obtain a large response for this survey, and would, therefore, appreciate your assistance in letting people know about it. The surveys can be accessed directly, using the following web links:

2) The second component consists of in-depth interviews with adoptee-parent pairs; that is, each interview set will include, not only an adult transnational adoptee, but also his/her adoptive parents. Please note that we anticipate conducting the adoptee and parent interviews separately and in varied locations across the U.S. beginning with interviews in Hawaii, Michigan, and Georgia during the spring and early summer of 2011. Later, we will travel to the West Coast (San Francisco, Portland, Seattle), the Mid-West (Minneapolis) and the East Coast (Washington, D.C./NYC area).

We have attached both a flyer and a handout that include more detailed information about the project. We would appreciate it if you could share this information widely by means of listservs, web sites, Facebook, and other online resources; through personal contacts; and/or by posting the information in appropriate locations.

To follow us on our Webpage, go to:

To follow us on Facebook, go to:

Please feel free to contact one or both of us if you have questions or need further information.

Charlie Ritts