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In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee

New America Now, Audio, Sandip Roy Posted: Mar 16, 2010

Editor's Note: After the Korean War ended, unwed mothers or desperately poor families often left their children in orphanages. Their pictures and stories tugged at heartstrings across America. For $15 a month, one American family in the US started to sponsor a little girl named Cha Jung Hee. Eventually they decided to adopt her. Except the little eight year old girl came to live with her new family was not Cha Jung Hee. Cha Jung Hee had disappeared from the orphanage. In her place was another little girl who had been told her new name was Cha Jung Hee. That girl, now a filmmaker herself, decided to go back to Korea to find out what happened to the girl whose shoes she filled more than four decades ago. Deann Borshay Liem is the director of the documentary In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee. It screens at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. She discusses the film along with Festival Director Chi-hui Yang.

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is running now through March 21st.


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