CSUF researcher examines “invisible” Korean War adoptees – Orange County Register

By Jeong Park

Many photos of Korean War adoptees obscure reality.

In one photo, the smiling adoptees are depicted singing in their colorful traditional Korean dress known as hanbok.

Those children, a part of the Korean Orphan Choir, would perform at Carnegie Hall and produce an album with a folk singer Burl Ives, also known for movies roles such as Sam the Snowman in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“They were the first K-Pop group,” said Susie Woo, a Cal State Fullerton American studies professor. “(But) their day-to-day life was very different than what the photographs captured.”

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