I started writing this several months ago, but I had a difficult time finding the video of the panel... now that it's up, I'd like to share this post, originally started in April 2011:
Holt International Gathering kickoff in Washington, D.C.
I was asked to join a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to share my adoption story for Holt's International Forum
I didn't know what I was going to say. I have told my story many times before, so I thought it would be easy. But, of course, that's what I get for thinking. Everyone met in a holding room before the panel, and their stories got me verklempt.
I'm glad I jotted down some notes before I spoke. Anyway, here's the video!
From Hyun Jeong: When I listened to your speech there, I felt sorry. I want to tell you everything you want to know if I can. I think I should be more diligent though.
I wish she didn't feel that way! I'm so grateful for her. I would love to live near her one day.
Korean Ambassador Han Duk Soo and Michelle
The Korean ambassador, Han Duk Soo, invited adult adoptees to his house for an elaborate Korean dinner. It was part of the International forum hosted by Holt International.
It was an amazing night to be in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Han said there's only one Korean restaurant in the city and joked that everyone goes to Maryland where there's a huge Korean population.
On a side note, I met some friends out afterwards, and they said, "Oh you missed it earlier when we went to a great Korean restaurant!" I replied with "Oh, it's okay. We ate at the Korean ambassador's house!" I thought it was kind of comical.
Guests of the ambassador were also entertained by Korean musicians and dancers. At the end of the night, the ambassador gave all of the guests a gift. I received a few Korean handmade bags. Others received beautiful dishes and ties. It was a night to always remember!