In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee

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Deann

Cha Jung Hee and I were fellow orphans at the Sun Duck Orphanage in South Korea in the 1960s. She and I had nothing in common and I did not know her personally. And yet, at age eight, just before I was sent to the United States to be adopted by the Borshay family in California, my identity ...Read more

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Christina

Very somber and interesting film. Makes you think about what we define to be identity and why we find it so important.

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