Adoption of Korean Orphans

Holt History
A short historical documentary on the origins of Holt International Children’s Services. The start of adoption in South Korea is usually credited to Harry Holt in 1955. Starting in the mid-1960s with Sweden, and by the end of that decade, Holt International Children’s Services also began sending Korean orphans to Norway, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Germany.

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee

In this clip from In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, filmmaker and subject Deann Borshay Liem talks about the legacy of the Korean War and its impact on her adoption. At the orphanage back in Korea, she learns how she was switched with Cha Jung Hee, another young girl whose adoption paperwork was already underway.