Solidarity Day 2019 – Saturday, Nov. 9, 4:00pm-7:00pm


The annual Solidarity Day event is a celebration of the connections forged between adoptees and their allies. This year’s event is hosted by SPEAK and will take place at KoRoot.

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Event: North American Thanksgiving-style dinner + short program
Location: KoRoot, 125-10, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Admission: Free

Kindly note that the space for guests is extremely limited. To attend, you MUST RSVP via the Google Form linked below by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1. Those who show up at the door without RSVPing cannot be admitted. Guests will be registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
*The RSVP form will go live on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 12:00pm.*

We are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up, dinner, and clean-up. Each volunteer shift is 2 hours. If you are willing to volunteer, please indicate your availability on the RSVP form. Volunteers receive first priority for dinner registration.

Those who aren’t able to join us for the main event are invited to join us at California Kitchen in Gyeongnidan for the after-party, which will feature drink specials. Please meet us there after 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you at one or both places!

California Kitchen address:
212-24 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (2F)
서울특별시 용산구 이태원동 212-24
라인빌 제2층 201호

Funding for this event was generously provided by the National Center for the Rights of the Child (formerly KAS) and Jamie Lee in honor of Heidi Park. KoRoot opened the guesthouse and provided the space.

Donations to SPEAK are welcomed and appreciated, and will be used to fund future events and projects.

If you have any questions, please email

*Photo credit to Jes Eriksen

메아리 Performance at KoRoot’s Chuseok Party

메아리 (“Echo” in Korean), SPEAK’s Korean percussion group, played at KoRoot’s annual Chuseok party on September 13. Their hard work at many weeks of practice paid off and everyone enjoyed their lively performance!

If you are an adopted person living in Seoul and are interested in joining 메아리, please contact us at !

Jeju Peace Tour, August 2019

At the end of August, Jeju Dark Tours led a group of adoptees and allies on a tour of historical sites relevant to the April 3rd Uprising and Massacre. Approximately 30,000 people (10% of Jeju Island’s population) lost their lives between March 1947 and September 1954 as the police and military cracked down on those who protested the division of the Korean peninsula.

To learn more about the April 3rd Uprising and Massacre, check out the links below:

“Islanders still mourn April 3 massacre” – The Jeju Weekly

Special features on the 70th anniversary of the Jeju April 3rd incident – The Hankyoreh

Many thanks to Jeju Dark Tours for hosting us!

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Adoptee Pride! @Seoul Queer Culture Festival – Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2:30pm


Come hang out with SPEAK at this year’s Queer Culture Festival! All adoptees and allies are welcome!

Booths open from 11 a.m.
Performances start from 2 p.m.
SPEAK will meet at 2:30pm
Parade starts at 4 p.m.

This year, SPEAK’s Korean drumming group will be drumming during the parade!

We will meet at 2:30, stage right (see the diagram below). (Location: Seoul Plaza @City Hall)
Look for the SPEAK flag & check for updates on the Facebook event if you can’t find us. (If you don’t use Facebook, please email us at
If you want to play with us, please bring an instrument. If you need to borrow one, please contact us via Facebook or email. We have a few that folks could borrow.
We also need volunteers to help with the flags, water and gear. Please contact us if you can help.

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Info about the parade and related events:

We hope to see you there!

Read & SPEAK Film Screening: “Reiterations of Dissent” (May 11, 2019)


As the first event in our educational series leading up to our program with Jeju Dark Tours (August 24-25, about the 4.3 Uprising and Massacre, SPEAK is screening a film by Jane Jin Kaisen, who was adopted from Jeju to Denmark. Those interested in joining SPEAK on the tour in August are strongly encouraged to attend.

The film screening will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 4:00pm. The film screening is open to the public.

Location: Commons Foundation, 141-8 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

About the Film:

78 min. 2011/16
Reiterations of Dissent illuminates the suppressed history and fragmented memories of the Jeju April Third Uprising and Massacre of 1948, which unfolded shortly before the outbreak of the Korean War on South Korea’s Jeju Island, the artist’s birthplace. In a brutal crackdown of a local uprising, state authorities and rightist paramilitary groups, under the auspices of the United States Military Government in Korea, waged a “red hunt” that would unleash genocidal violence upon large parts of the civilian island population. The ideologically charged event was systematically silenced for five decades, and its memory remains contested to the present day…

Mainly told through the second generation of children of victims and survivors who have been engaged in truth and reconciliation efforts around Jeju April Third locally…each video narrative shows a different aspect and a different attempt at approaching the Jeju April Third Massacre as an unstable episode of modern history by presenting a multi-layered archive of experiences, events, and perspectives.

Reiterations of Dissent was awarded the ENTERPRIZE 2011 by Jury Chus Martinez, associate curator at MACBA, Barcelona and co-curator of DOCUMENTA 13; Dirk Luckow, director of Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Åsa Nacking, director of Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden.”

SPEAK with Jeju Dark Tours: A Weekend Trip to Jeju to Remember the April 3rd Uprising and Massacre

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SPEAK and Jeju Dark Tours have organized a trip to Jeju-do for people who were adopted overseas from Korea and their guests to visit historic sites and meet with a survivor of the April 3rd Uprising and Massacre. The trip will take place on August 24~25, 2019.

Participants must secure and pay for their own transportation to Jeju International Airport. Meals, accommodations, guide, interpretation, and bus during the tour are all provided to participants at no cost.

If you are interested in joining us on this trip, please fill out this Google Form, which includes more specific details about the itinerary (including accessibility information). Registration will be complete when flight/arrival details are provided to the organizers. Applicants will be contacted by email and SMS text message to request flight details. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019, 11:59 pm KST.

Remembering 4.3 – The Jeju Uprising and Massacre

Today, April 3, is the 71st anniversary of the Jeju uprising and massacre that started in 1948 and lasted until 1954. SPEAK mourns the genocide and state repression of Jeju people by the U.S.-backed South Korean police and right-wing paramilitary groups. Over 10% of Jeju’s population at the time died.

This summer, SPEAK is going to study about the Jeju uprising and massacre together and visit Jeju in the late summer to take part in the Jeju Dark Tour. Please keep an eye out in the near future for more detailed information about how to participate!