- Hardcover: 135 pages
- Publisher: Yeong & Yeong Book Company; 1st edition (January 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963847236
- ISBN-13: 978-0963847232
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book didn't really answer any of my questions about my adoption.
Still, the letters are touching, moving, beautiful... I cried while reading them. It gave me emotional release in the sense that it moved me to tears.
I think that the letters in this book bring more closure for the birth mothers and the adoptive mothers than they do for the Korean adoptees. Birth mothers are given a chance to justify their decision, to explain themselves, to put into words how and why they reached this agonizing choice. Adoptive mothers are commended, thanked, and applauded, told "You did the right thing, thank you so much!"
But what about the Korean adoptees? Each Korean woman writes an anonymous letter to her child. Are we to pretend that one of these letters is meant for us? These are details about other adoptions, not our own adoption. And they are about adoptions that took place in the 1990s, a lot later than in the 1970s and 1980s when most American Korean adoptees came to the U.S.
Because I was born in '81 and these letters were written in the 90's, I felt really disconnected from these women. If I could have ready even 1 letter written to 1 woman's daughter in the year I was born, I could have more easily imagined or felt like I was reading a letter written from my birth mother to me.
For mothers who have adopted Korean children, this book is wonderful. But for Korean adoptees, it leaves our many questions unanswered.
Still, Korean adoptees might enjoy it. It is an emotional read that will make you cry.
The pain of entrusting a child to adoption is like no other. This book helps explain the immensity of that pain.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Letters from Korean birth mothers to their precious children they must say farewell to. Heartbreaking....Published 8 months ago by cristy sisk
GREAT BOOK FOR ANYONE WHO IS ADOPTED.... HEART WARMING STORIES FROM MOTHERS TO THEIR BIRTH CHILDREN.. i HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOKPublished on January 18, 2014 by BayAreaBoss41510
As an adopted child from Korea, this book spoke to me in many levels and helped me to better understand the world, culture, and decision behind my birth mother's decision.Published on November 14, 2013 by Krista Blackmer
As a Korean Adoptee, I found this book extremely touching. After reading the first letter, I couldn't get myself to stop, and actually ended up reading through the whole book - not... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Jenna
As the adoptive mother of two beautiful children adopted from Korea, I read this in tears. The decision to relinquish a child into the care of strangers a not choice many of us... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by CTPat
I read this book at one go one night. Each letter consists of honestly painful reasons for the birth mother to give up her child for adoption. Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by A. LIM
This book is so touching. We are adopting and I pray for our birth mother everyday. After reading this I have more of an idea of how she feels and what she may be going through. Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by A. Hendrix
I bought this book for my boyfriend who is a Korean adoptee and may be unlikely to find his birth parents. Read morePublished on May 17, 2008 by SJ