The following is reprinted on this blog with permission by AsiaTrend Magazine. It originally appeared in AsiaTrend Magazine’s July 2015 issue.
Filling in the Blanks: The Story of a U.S. Soldier Searching for His Birth Parents
By Jodi Katherine Kiely
Major Tim Walker won’t forget the day he made a one-star South Korean Navy Admiral and an Army Special Forces Colonel dissolve into tears. It was 2004 and Walker, then a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, was stationed in Seoul, Korea. As a Korean-American wearing a U.S. military uniform, he was a curiosity among the Korean officers he worked with. After he became friends with a Navy Admiral and an Army Colonel, Walker’s Korean counterparts grew curious about his American last name.
“Many of the Koreans I worked with knew adoptees existed but probably had never met one before me,” Walker said. “When I told these guys how I was born in Korea, abandoned shortly after birth and adopted by an American family, these full-grown men were in tears by the end of my story because they felt so bad about what had happened.” Continue reading “Filling in the Blanks: The Story of a U.S. Soldier Searching for His Birth Parents”