[Heartwarming story of adoption]Heartwarming story of adoption

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[Heartwarming story of adoption]Heartwarming story of adoption

I read the article (“A unique case of adoption,” April 10) and I was very touched.
I’m writing this e-mail to ask you to give my best regards to Ha-young and her parents.
What Mr. Lee and Ms. Ha have done is very brave and took lots of courage, especially in Korea.
I just admire their warm hearts and their deep love for Ha-young.
As a foreigner living in Korea myself, I know how hard it can be to be a non-Korean here.
I do not encounter much prejudice, but people from Southeast Asian countries or the Middle East and Africa get treated differently and are seen differently, especially if their skin is darker.
I can imagine Ha-young’s pain, and I almost cried on the train reading this article.
I have never sent this kind of e-mail to a writer; I just wanted to let Ha-young’s family know that they are not alone and my heart is with them, though I’m a total stranger.
Please tell them that many people who read this article will realize that such prejudice exists in Korea; the article can touch and change their perception of foreigners.
Ha-young is a precious girl. Please don’t let her get worn down by people’s prejudice.
I hope that some day in the near future, Korean people will be more educated and more open-minded about people from other countries in their midst and accept who they are, instead of how they look.
Please give a huge hug to Ha-young for me.
Mamiko Iwabe, a Japanese living in Korea
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