Posted by: 지인 | 5 March 2008

Asian adult adoptees invited to Hawai’i this autumn

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Korean Adoptees of Hawai’i, info@KAHawaii.org

ASIAN ADULT ADOPTEES INVITED TO HAWAI’I THIS AUTUMN
International Guests to Gather and Screen Adoptee-Made Films in Honolulu

Adult adoptees of pan-Asian origins and ethnic backgrounds are invited to Honolulu, Hawai’i, to participate in the Asian Adult Adoptee Gathering & Film Festival, Oct. 10-13, 2008, hosted by Korean Adoptees of Hawai’i (KAHI).

The Asian Adult Adoptee Gathering will offer conference sessions and workshops, cultural and recreational activities, and the first-ever Asian Adoptee Film Festival, featuring films written, produced or directed by Asian adoptee filmmakers.

Asian Adult Adoptee Gathering & Film FestivalThe Asian Adult Adoptee Gathering and Film Festival represents a convergence of the range of experiences – from the unique to the unifying – found among the diverse diaspora and global community of adoptees of Asian descent. The Gathering and Film Festival are expected to draw 200 or more visitors from Hawai’i and the mainland United States, and such international locations as Sweden, Denmark, Australia and South Korea.

Online registration for the Asian Adult Adoptee Gathering is scheduled to begin in May on KAHI’s website. Participants will qualify for discounted hotel accommodations at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, a deluxe oceanfront property situated at the gateway to Waikiki and across from world-class shopping at Ala Moana Center. Interested individuals should contact KAHI at info@KAHawaii.org for information regarding registration, hotel reservations and conference session proposals.

The event is based on the tradition previously established by the international gatherings of transnationally adopted Koreans, held since 1999 in locations including Seoul, Oslo and Washington, D.C., and smaller-scale gatherings in U.S. cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis. The Hawai’i event this October is open not only to Korean adoptees, but to adopted adults of all Asian and mixed Asian ethnic backgrounds, age 18 or older, as well as adoptees’ partners and children.

KAHI will also welcome members of the general public to the film festival, which will showcase a unique aspect of the Asian immigrant experience that has been underrepresented in the mainstream and even art-house film circuits. Screenings will primarily be held at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008. The Doris Duke Theatre will manage ticketing for this special event this autumn.

Submissions of original films addressing the theme of adoption that are directed, written or produced by adult Asian adoptees, are still being accepted for consideration. Filmmakers should e-mail info@KAHawaii.org for festival submission guidelines. Entries must be received no later than March 30, 2008.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in supporting the Asian Adult Adoptee Gathering and Film Festival are invited to contact KAHI for further information.

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Korean Adoptees of Hawai’i, Inc. (KAHI), is a nonprofit organization founded upon the experiences of adult Korean adoptees, working to build a supportive community in Hawai’i through public outreach, networking, education and sharing resources. KAHI believes in fostering awareness about adoption and identity, recognizing that we, as a community, can extend our reach beyond what we can accomplish individually.

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