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Ethnic Identity: Adoption, marriage & more
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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Thank you for your interest in this event! While this screening is over, there are many other exciting LHAAFF events to enjoy during the week of April 22-30, 2006. We also host monthly screenings in our Underground Railroad traveling film series during the rest of the year, part of an ongoing effort to build community across the aisle. Please visit our website,, for schedule information.


Ethnic Identity: Adoption, marriage & more
SEOUL TO SOUL (USA): Korean American filmmaker Hak J. Chung explores his own identity by taking a close look at a very engaging family. The Yates household consists of the father, a Black Korean war veteran, his war bride and their three grown children. This love match has endured for thirty-five years because of the couple's intellectual and spiritual unity. When they first settled in America, they faced discrimination and misunderstanding.
We learn how their children felt growing up as mixed race kids in a home where both cultures were valued. However, it is a surprise to learn that this seemingly well-adjusted family cannot escape the pain of cultural miscommunication. The beloved eldest son is estranged from his parents because his blonde wife and his mother are at odds. His wife does not understand the nuances of her in-laws expectations. His mother is offended that his wife won't eat kimchi and addresses her by her first name.

(USA): Phil Bertelsen, Director and Writer. Outside Looking In introduces three generations of families with transracially adopted children from three different regions of the country. The film's writer and director, Phil Bertelsen, was a Black child adopted by white parents in the 1970's and raised in a predominantly white suburb. His adolescence was shaped by his conflicting feelings of love and attachment for his adoptive parents along with self-examination and self-doubt brought on by his obvious difference from his family and community. Drawing from his personal experience as an adoptee, Bertelsen explores his 11-year-old nephew's adoption and reveals the dramatic story of a white couple trying to adopt a Black child today. In the film, Bertelsen also reunites with his foster mother for the first time since his adoption, over 30 years ago.
The viewer also accompanies a mid-western white couple as they meet the African-American woman who is offering her two-month-old son for adoption. The film records the rare and powerfully emotional moment of surrender when the baby is given from the birth parent to the adoptive parent. Social workers and diversity trainers point out some of the complex issues that arise when a child and a parent do not share the same racial background.  

ONE DROP RULE (USA): Producer/ Director: James Banks. One Drop Rule explores a recurring and divisive issue in African American communities - skin color. Candid, sometimes painful, but also often funny. The film inter-cuts intimate interviews with darker skinned African Americans, lighter skinned African Americans and inter-racial children of Black and white parents. In the process it investigates color consciousness, a sensitive topic within the Black community.



Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144
United States

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