“The Woman, the Orphan, & the Tiger” (2010)

special events:

* A FILM SCREENING of “The Woman, the Orphan, & the Tiger” (2010), an
experimental film by Jane Jin Kaisen and Guston Sondin-Kung. As a
project that challenges the dominant narrative of transnational
adoption as a “humanitarian” effort, “The Woman, the Orphan, & the
Tiger” incisively articulates the ways in which children’s and women’s
bodies have been violently mobilized for the “national security” and
economic growth of the U.S. and South Korea.

Date: March 21st, Wednesday Evening, from 7-9 PM (light food included)
Location: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) in Downtown Los Angeles
1145 Wilshire Blvd # 200 Los Angeles, CA 90017. FREE PARKING ON ROOF

* A CRITICAL DISCUSSION of “The Woman the Orphan, & the Tiger” (2010).
Our distinguished panelists will discuss the history and impact of
Korean transnational adoption– and the ways in which Korean adoptees
have critiqued and challenged the adoption industry through film, art,
and literary projects.

Jane Jin Kaisen & Guston Sondin-Kung, Visual Artists
Jodi Kim, Associate Professor, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Nicky Sa-Eun Schidkraut, Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing, USC.
(Organized by Crystal Baik, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and

Date: March 22nd, Thursday, Noon-2 PM (light food included).
Location: Rosen Family Screening Theatre, USC Campus, Tudor Campus
Center 2nd Floor (TCC 227). FOR DIRECTIONS/TO RSVP to cbaik@usc.edu.

Co-sponsored by USC Dept. of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE),
Peers in American Studies & Ethnicity (PASEO), Kaya Press, USC Asian
American Studies, and USC Korean Studies Institute (KSI).

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 vice-president@aka-socal.org   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!

Adoptee Film Links on Resources Page

The Resources page has been updated to include links to descriptions of these adoptee films. If a picture says a thousand words, a film must say a million (at least). If you know of others that we can include in the list, please let us know.

Adopted the Movie
First Person Plural
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
A Brand New Life
Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy
Off and Running
My Father