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Adopted from Russia with love to Korean home
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Posted 12/8/08

Jang Su-in, 19, is like any other student at Chonnam Girls High School in Gwangju, South Jeolla, except for one thing - her appearance.

In Korea’s ethnically homogenous society, with her fair skin, high nose, deep double eyelids, brown eyes, long eyelashes and light-brown hair, this Russian teen certainly looks foreign in appearance, yet speaks Korean just as fluently as her classmates.

Jang was born to a Russian family and named Nastya Baskaeva, but since being adopted into a Korean family seven years ago, she has lived in Korea.

One of six siblings, Jang grew up with her birth parents in the remote village of Mosdok in southern Russia, so remote it takes a two-hour flight and then a two-hour drive to reach from Moscow. Due to the family’s poverty and with her father too old to work, Jang was not able to go to school

In February 2001, Korean couple Jang Byung-jeong, 56, and Kim Kyung-hee, 53, were visiting a local Mosdok church. After meeting the young Russian, they decided to take her back with them to Korea, where they believed she could receive a better education, and adopted her as their daughter.


Arriving in Korea, the 12-year-old Jang quickly picked up the Korean language and in less than six months could enter the sixth grade.

Battling the culture shock and initial language difficulties, Jang had to go the extra mile to keep up with her classes. Adding to the shock was the fact it was her first time in a formal school setting.

Now seven years on, Jang is a senior in high school and recently took the college entrance examination.

Jang has aspirations to be a Korean-Russian interpreter in the future so that she can serve the country of her birth and her new home. She hopes to major in Russian at university.

Jang’s Korean parents, although well-off when they adopted her, have suffered financial difficulties since lending money to an acquaintance a few years ago. Her father now drives a taxi for a living. When her mother once ran a small restaurant, Jang always helped her on the weekends.

“She is such a good kid, with the sense to practice economy with her allowance and rarely asking for more spending money,” her mother Kim said. “It was heartbreaking to hear her say one day that she couldn’t ask for things she wanted lest she worry us.

“I’m just so proud that she has grown up so well, while I feel sorry that we couldn’t fully provide her with what she would’ve needed,” she added.

In keeping with her good sense, Jang hopes she can be admitted to a national university with relatively low tuition fees, so as not to be a burden on her parents.

She once even considered going back to Russia, where tuition fees are lower than Korea. But later, after thinking it over with her Korean parents, she decided it would be her birth parents’ wish to see her study in Korea and become a successful Korean-Russian interpreter. After all, they had sent her here despite the sadness of separation in order for her to live a better life.

“One day I will have both my Russian and Korean parents with me when I grow up and I will be ready to support them,” Jang said.
Posted 12/9/08
What do you want to discuss about? Wow, she's such a nice girl.
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Posted 12/9/08
sugoi!
surete nani? nani?
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Posted 12/9/08
...multicultural identities ready for taking over the world... =)
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Posted 12/9/08
wow. id love to be adopted by foreign parents :}
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Posted 12/9/08
I hope that every adoption in the world is like this. Really.
Hence, my wish for World Love.
Posted 12/9/08

stareye_pink wrote:

What do you want to discuss about? Wow, she's such a nice girl.


actually, i find this interesting. it's pretty cool if you ask me. racial prejudice is slowly diminishing.
Posted 12/9/08 , edited 12/9/08

ShroomInferno wrote:


stareye_pink wrote:

What do you want to discuss about? Wow, she's such a nice girl.


actually, i find this interesting. it's pretty cool if you ask me. racial prejudice is slowly diminishing.


Like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25V4seh8b_w

I don't know. \(-_-)/

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Thats such a sweet and wonderful story! Makes me smile I wish more people would be like this...instead of thinking about the race and stuff...
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Posted 12/9/08
whats your point?
Posted 12/9/08 , edited 12/9/08

kyoukoujin wrote:


ShroomInferno wrote:


stareye_pink wrote:

What do you want to discuss about? Wow, she's such a nice girl.


actually, i find this interesting. it's pretty cool if you ask me. racial prejudice is slowly diminishing.


Like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25V4seh8b_w

I don't know. \(-_-)/



slavic people were always racist. nothing new.

a lot of people fear the immigration process that is going on..and that not just in russia, but also EU, etc.

it's a basic instinct.

those kids are so easily persuaded in joining these groups because they are bored, they have no job, no real future, and they blame the immigrants for that. there is always a need for a scapegoat, and in this case it's the foreigners who come to russia and have the possibility to join university, etc.

it's hatred based on jealousy.
Posted 12/9/08
hmm thats cool.
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Posted 12/9/08
Congrats...
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Posted 12/9/08
she is hot
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That a beautiful story to hear. I wish her good luck in college.
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