Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Giving Back in Korea
Shannon Heit has been living in Seoul, South Korea for almost six years. She is currently finishing her M.A. in Anthropology at Hanyang University. While in Korea, she has had many diverse opportunities – such as studying Korean, working as an English teacher, an English editor, an Eng/Kor translator and interpreter, and a reporter for both newspaper and radio. Among all of these experiences, the most valuable have been (by far) her volunteer experiences at the Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association (KUMFA) and the House of Sharing International Outreach Team – reformed and now called the Women’s Global Solidarity Action Network (WGSAN).
WGSAN has been working in conjunction with various Korean organizations on the issue of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific war and the way the “Comfort Women” issue connects to modern issues such as current forms of sexual slavery, human trafficking, and women’s oppression on a global scale. This workshop will outline the history behind the “Comfort Women” issue, as well as discuss the ways that organizations in Korea are working together to solve this issue, as well as similar contemporary issues. The purpose of this workshop is to show adoptees the steps to get involved with Korean organizations, as well as some of the experiences that adoptees can expect when volunteering in Korea.
“During the workshop I will also describe some of my experiences as an adoptee working alongside the surviving Halmonis, other activists, and Korean organizations.”
“I hope to show ways that adoptees can connect in meaningful ways with Korean society.”