Today I went to a Funeral

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Content Note: Suicide

Never in my life would I have ever predicted that I would attend a funeral in Korea. Yet, here I am writing about going to a funeral today that I have nowhere to begin. My heart aches and I feel like I have so much to say, but I’m just so emotionally drained at this point to even write it coherently. I went to an adoptee’s funeral. In the past month alone, six adoptees have taken their lives, one of which was Phillip Clay, a Korean American adoptee. He was deported in 2012 due to his undocumented status. It is important to note that all research shows that adoptees are overrepresented in statistics on mental health issues and suicide. This was not an isolated incident nor the last one. My heart aches because this community is so invisible. We are invisible because we are Asian, we…

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  1. Terribly sad.

    • Yes, it’s absolutely tragic. No reason to deport the children of Americans when they kids were brought here against their will and their parents didn’t get them naturalized. I think if anybody should suffer the consequences it should be the adoptive parents and/or the adoption agencies that didn’t follow through on this.

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