Austin Korean Adoptees is primarily for Korean adoptees in Austin area who want to learn Korean language, culture, and history in order to find some ways to relate themselves to Korea. Therefore, the ideal members are grown ups and teenagers who can actively participate in learning and sharing. Young children may be guided to enroll to a Saturday Korean School in town until this group expands to eventually embrace Korean adoptees of all ages.
As an Austin immigrant since 1999, I have access to many Korean communities and cultural resources. As a Korean instructor since 2004, I make the worksheets and audio-visual aids for each class according to the specific needs of the members. As a mom of two bilingual kids, I always deal with the differences in various forms. However, it is my first attempt to engage with Korean adoptees and probably vice versa for you, so there will be lots of trials and errors (and fun!) waiting for us.
We meet at 3:00pm-4:30pm every Saturday at an Austin Public Library. The time and venue may change with a notice.
In each meet-up, we have language lessons on alphabets, basic expressions, sentence structures, and nuances. We cover the historical and cultural aspects of Korea with books and videos. We may read news articles on the current political and social issues upon request. Based on these regular activities, we will do many more! I design each meet-up not as a sequel to the previous one but a piece of the big jigsaw puzzle, in order that no matter how often you come or how late you join, you still get something good to add on.
So if you are one of Austin Korean Adoptees, become a member of AKA and make it your Korean haven!