Kim Sul Ja
July 4, 2005
Dear Mr. George Drake,
We certainly enjoyed and learned
a lot about my past. I never imagined getting connected with six people
who were in the same orphanage, and one of them being my sister. I
was always told that I had no family. Channel King 5 news at Seattle
did the coverage of my meeting my sister. I also learned that I am
not the person that I thought I was. My parents were told that my
name was Kim Sul Ja. On all of my papers I was always referred as
Kim Sul Ja. The visiting Koreans said that I was Kim Young Suk and
there was a Kim Sul Ja at the orphanage who was to be adopted and
who never did get adopted. It was like a double whamrny, having two
sisters and not being Kim Sul Ja. I really considered being very fortunate
to be adopted and coming to America. My adopted mother is still living
and still unsure about all this info. My adoption was called adoption
by picture in the McCall’s magazine. I am pretty confident the
picture that my mother circled wasn’t me, but the real Kim Sul
Ja. Life really holds many twists and turns. My sister Kim Myong Suk
gave me two pictures that she was given when she left the orphanage.
One of them may be me, and the other one may be my older sister. The
picture of the one that may be my older sister as told by the Korean
visitors is hung up in the Orphans Home of Korea as the adopted child
who was adopted and went to USA. One of these days I would like to
go to Korea and check out the picture and find out more about my past
on the island of Cheju-do.
Mr. Chris Zenor sent us a DVD copy
of the “Korean War Children’s Memorial Dedication Ceremony.”
He said that he would keep us posted on any updates. We would appreciate
if you would do the same.
I am enclosing some pictures that
I brought over from Korea. I think all of them were taken at Seoul.
Also a brief story and pictures of my life that was sent to Oprah.
Now there are some discrepancies that I have learned from the trip
to the West coast. I did find out that I probably was not evacuated
to Cheju-do Island, but my family always lived there. I was brought
to the orphanage by my uncle.
I also found out the little boy with
Susie and I was Chu (who was in the “Battle Hymn” movie).
We are trying to locate him. Col. Hess thought he was adopted by a
family near Los Angeles area.
Kim and Jeff Clark
Jeff and Kim Clark
1353 5 E Dalton Dr.
Lee’s Summit, MO 6408