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BKA: Journeys Abroad, Journeys Within Adoptee Film Festival – Boston, MA Oct 29-30

Posted by FAN Admin in Events, FAN Announcements, Home, News on 10 20th, 2010

Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. (BKA) proudly presents “Journeys Abroad, Journeys Within: A Korean Adoption Film Festival” on October 29-30, 2010 at the UMass Boston campus.

Registration for the BKA Film Festival closes October 27

Register for Journeys Abroad, Journeys Within: A Korean Adoption Film Festival in Boston, MA  on Eventbrite

If you prefer to pay by check, please print a Check Payment Registration Form, fill it out, and mail it to the address on the form along with your check made out to “Boston Korean Adoptees”.

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Ticket Information

What your admission ticket includes:
– admission to all four films (one on Friday night, 3 during the day on Saturday)
– admission to all post-film Q&A sessions and panels

What your admission ticket does NOT include:
– parking
– Korean box lunch on Saturday
– any of the off-site social events:
  1. drinks/socializing on Friday night
  2. Saturday night Korean dinner
  3. Sunday morning dim sum brunch
Ticket type Regular Price
(after Oct 15)
At Door*
General Admission $20 $30
Discounted rate

  • Full-time Student
  • Dues-paying BKA Members
  • Wheelock Conference Attendees
  • UMass Boston Faculty/Staff
$15 $25
UMass Boston Student Free Free
* A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis, cash only.
  • Student discounts are avaiable only with a valid, current student ID.
  • Current UMass Boston students may attend free, but must present a valid, current UMass Boston ID at registration. Please register early to guarantee seating.
  • All ticket sales are final; no refunds. If you wish to transfer you ticket, you must email us at so that we can update the name on the ticket.
  • Registration will close on October 27, 2010. After October 27, 2010, tickets will only be available at the door.

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Friday, October 29th
6:30 pm Festival registration opens
7:00 pm screening of film First Person Plural at UMass Boston, followed by post-film Q&A with Deann Borshay Liem (Director)
8:30 pm Drinks & socializing at Myung Dong 1st Ave in Allston**
Saturday, October 30th
9:00 am Festival registration
10:00 am Welcome and opening remarks
10:30 am Screening of Going Home followed by discussion panel
12:30 pm Lunch – Please purchase your Korean lunch box in advance**
2:00 pm Screening of Resilience, followed by Q&A with Tammy Chu (Director) and Jessica Windt (Co-Producer)
4:00 pm Screening of In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, followed by Q&A with Deann Borshay Liem (Director)
6:00 pm Dinner at Chungkiwa Korean Restaurant in Medford**
Sunday, October 31st
12:00 noon Brunch at Hei La Moon in Chinatown**
Note: this event was previously scheduled for 10:00 am

** Not included in Film Festival admission price

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Lunch and Social Events

Please note: Lunch on Saturday is not included in the Film Festival admission price. If you would like to purchase a Korean-style lunch box, you must do so on the registration website before October 27, 2010. Alternatively, you may bring your own lunch. Please note that there are very few other lunch options on the UMass Boston campus.

In addition to the films, we are planning some fun social events and hope that you can join us. Spaces for these events are limited and are not included in the price of your admission ticket.

If you did not indicate that you were coming to some of these events when you registered, and are planning on attending, please send an email to and let us know.

No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium where the screenings will take place.

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Room for Friday night:
UMass-Boston Campus Center, Room TBD

Room for Saturday:
Healey Library, Lower Level (LL) Room 3507 (Media Auditorium)
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA

Anyone requiring disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, should visit before October 12.

By subway:

Take the Red Line to JFK/UMass Station. A free shuttle bus will carry you to the campus.

By commuter rail:

Take the commuter rail to the JFK/UMass station from the South Shore on the Middleboro and Plymouth lines.

By bus:

From the Kenmore Square stop (service all day), take the Number 8 bus (the last one leaves campus at 1:00 am).

From the Forest Hills stop (rush hour only), take the Number 16 bus.

By car from the north:

Take Interstate 93 South through Boston to Exit 15 (Columbia Road/JFK Library). Take a left at the end or the ramp onto Columbia Road, and then take your first right in the rotary. Follow the University of Massachusetts signs along Columbia Road and Morrissey Boulevard to the campus.

By car from the south:

Take Interstate 93 North to exit 14 (Morrissey Boulevard/JFK Library) and follow Morrissey Boulevard north to the campus.

By car from the west:

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) east to Interstate 93. Take I-93 South one mile to Exit 15 (JFK Library/South Boston/Dorchester). Take a left at the end or the ramp onto Columbia Road, and then take your first right in the rotary. Follow the University of Massachusetts signs along Columbia Road and Morrissey Boulevard to the campus.

Parking fees

$6 per single use. $3 for up to 60 minutes in the Short-term Lot. For details, see UMass Boston On-Campus Parking and Parking Costs.

For more information about directions, go to:

Link to UMass Boston campus map:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is is okay to bring children to the Film Festival?

A: The Film Festival is intended for an audience primarily of adults and older teenagers.

Q: Is childcare available during Festival events?

A: No, we regret that we are unable to provide childcare.

Q: Are donations to BKA tax-deductible?

A: Yes, we are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Please contact us if you make a donation and would like a receipt.

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You can help us promote this event! Please send the fliers below to anyone who might be interested.

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Download the flier without schedule (click file format):
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About the Films

The following films will be shown as part of the Festival:

First Person Plural – directed by Deann Borshay Liem: In 1966, Deann was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Deann to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Deann’s heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities. Please note: This film will screen on Friday evening, October 29th.
Movie website:

Going Home – directed by Jason Hoffmann: Jason is a Korean adoptee who grew up in New York City with Jewish parents, and who always identified himself as being a true New Yorker. He never expected to explore his complicated and concealed family history, but as he grew into adulthood, he became increasingly curious about his mysterious roots. In this film, Jason finally summons up the courage to initiate contact with his birth mother. Filled with deeply human moments of joy and pain, Going Home shares Jason’s intimate search in realizing what his life could have been had he not been adopted. In the face of adversity and complete upheaval of buried insecurities about his identity, Jason will find a profound new meaning of family.
Movie website:

Resilience – directed by Tammy Chu: This film takes a unique look at international adoption from the perspective of a Korean birth mother and her American son. A single story among the thousands of stories untold, the film follows the remarkable journey of Myungja as she reconnects with her son Brent (Sung-wook) after 30 years apart. Through their initial reunion on national television to subsequent meetings and departures, they attempt to build a relationship amidst family betrayal and the legacy of adoption. (Click the image to view trailer.)

Movie website: resiliencefilm.comIn the Matter of Cha Jung Hee – directed by Deann Borshay Liem: Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the U.S. in 1966. Told to keep her true identity secret from her new American family, this 8-year-old quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In this film, Deann returns to Korea to find the answers to these questions as well as her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America.
Movie website:

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Wheelock Conference

You may also be interested in a one-day conference on “International Adoption and the Emerging Adult,” which is being held at Wheelock College on Friday, October 29th. Please go to for more information about this event.

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Hotel Information

The Doubletree Club Hotel Boston-Bayside (at 240 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA) is the closest hotel to the Film Festival venue:

If anyone needs a hotel room in Boston for the film festival, please send an email to and let us know ASAP. If there is enough interest, we may be able to negotiate a group discount at a local hotel that might save you some money. This is completely dependent on there being sufficient interest, so please contact us NOW if you would like more info!

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For Visitors to Boston

In Boston, the subway is called the T. For schedules and maps, click here.

If you’re interested in noraebang (Korean karaoke), the best place in the area is DoReMi in Allston.

Click here for the official City of Boston Vistor’s website.

Fil-Am Ako: October is Fil-Am History Month

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Events, Home, News on 10 1st, 2010

October is Fil-Am History Month

October 1st, 2010 by Fil-Am Ako

On November 2, 2009 the US Congress passed House Resolution 780 which recognizes the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October. This was really a momentous occasion because President Clinton proclaimed a Filipino American History month in the early 90s but was never passed by Congress. For all you avid readers, many of you know that I wouldn’t shut up about this triumphant moment for the Filipino community. This year, there are a lot of events taking place to celebrate Filipino-American History Month. Be sure to support these events and celebrate your roots because there is so much to be proud of!


The US House of Representatives passed H. Res. 780 officially recognizing October as Filipino American History Month (FAHM). To celebrate, The Filipino American History Month Committee of Illinois (FAHMCI) will host a series of events throughout the month of October.

Oct. 15, Fri., 7 p.m, First Gala Dinner Ball
An  evening of unity and collaboration among the four Philippine Independence Committees( PIWC, PWC, Kalayaan, Kasarinlan) and various organizations and individuals.   Current and past presidents of the Phil. Independence  Committees and Mrs. Beauty Queens will participate in the Rigodon de Honor while the Los Bailes de Ayers will be graced by the young beauty queens of the 4 organizations and organization muses.  Ticket $ 50 per person.  A medley of Filipino dances in a square/group formation may be introduced in next year’s celebration.Meridian Banquets is located at 1701 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.

Sun., Oct. 10,   9 am – 4 pm
Free hearing test open to the public
A Hearing Bus is provided by Lions International Foundation at the Elk Grove Park District. Coordinated by Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club and  Chicago Sampaguita Lions and Maharlika Lions Club.

Oct. 12, Tues, 7 p.m., Philippine Movie Night
PACF Center will show “The Untold Triumph”  Story of the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry sent to the Philippines. Compliments of Florencio Villegas. PACF Center at 3N446 Lombard Rd, Addison, IL 60101.

Oct. 30,  Sat,  5 – 7 pm,  “PIYESTA PINOY”  A Pre-Concert Mini-Festival
Experience Philippine culture, costume, and food.   A great opportunity to enjoy the local talents who are participants from college based cultural groups and youth groups all over Chicago area.

Try the Filipino delicacies for sale.   An opening local program for the upcoming international dance group at 8 pm. Coordinated by PACF Directors: Ruben Salazar & Adeline Fajardo.  Free admission. Wheaton College’s Coray Auditorium, 421 N. Chase Street, Wheaton, IL .

Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Int’l Philippine Cultural Show at Wheaton College
Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company will perform at Wheaton College’s Edman Memorial Chapel located at the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets.

Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines got its name from an ancient Filipino tradition called bayanihan which means working together for a common good and also known as teamwork.  $33, $ 38, $ 45 discounted price tickets, if purchased from PACF. For ticket information, visit or email to

Governor Quinn recognizes Oct. as Fil-Am History Month

Illinois officials such as Governor Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley formally acknowledged October as Filipino American History Month.
In Mayor Daley’s proclamation, he had cited that the first Filipinos had set foot in the US in 1587. Daley said Filipino American citizens offer excellent contributions to Chicago as educators, lawyers. health professionals, businessmen and other professions. Governor Quinn stated that the Filipino American population is close to four million and is the second largest Asian American group in the US.

Special Event License Plate to benefit PACF

To commemorate the celebration of Filipino American History Month,  a Special Event Car Plate (a pair) will be issued by the IL Secretary of State to PACF for sale, control  and distribution.  Due to limited quantity, time limitation and strict submission requirements by the State of Illinois, the order should be prepaid, assignment form completed, and a copy of the IL Registration ID card submitted,  before the plates can be released to PACF by  Sept. 30.  State of Illinois requires current registration plate to cover the display period of Oct. & Nov. 2010.

Copy of Registration ID card (required).  Donation: $ 25 per set, $20 second set.     Submit your order and payment  P.O. Box 88355, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Make check payable to PACF.  Your order will be confirmed by email or phone call.   For questions please call 630 580-9069 or email to

Skokie to mark Fil-Am History Month

Various government and community units coalesced to mark the first celebration in Illinois of the Filipino American History Month in October as mandated by US Congress late last year.

Activities will be held in the Village of Skokie which passed a proclamation reflecting the congressional resolution.
Community members in the area will sponsor a week-long program starting Oct. 2 at the Westfield shopping Center at Old Orchard in Skokie with a “Parade of Filipino Costumes” from 11:30-12:30 pm.

This will followed by a cultural presentation at the Petty Auditorium of the Skokie Public Library at 5300 W. Oakton Street from 2-4 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 3, a kite-making workshop will given by Artist Fred de Asis from 2-4 pm followed by a book and poetry reading by author Almira Astudillo-Gilles. Both events will be at the Skokie Library.

The next event is a showing of award-winning film, “Magnifico” on Mon., Oct. 4, 6:30 pm., at the Petty Auditorium.   On Wednesday, Oct.6, Victor Ricolcol of Adeline’s Food Catering will lead a cooking demonstration of “Quick & Easy, Filipino Dish on a Budget” A fruit carving demonstration is also planned.

Due to space limitations, pre-registration is requested, especially for those interested to join the workshop and the cooking demonstrations. You may either contact Ms.Carandang at 847-679-7058 or the Skokie Library at 847-677-7774. Donations are also welcome to defray expenses for the celebration.