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Searching for Go-Hyang
A film by Tammy Tolle
1998, 32 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99608
A moving personal documentary, SEARCHING FOR GO-HYANG traces the return of twin sisters to their native Korea after a fourteen year absence. Sent away by their parents for the promise of a better life in the US, they instead suffered mental and physical abuse by their adoptive parents, including the erasure of their cultural heritage and language. Reunited with their biological parents and brothers, the young women explore their past in an attempt to reconnect with their “Go-Hyang”, their homeland, which they find they may not have a place in anymore. Thousands of Korean and Chinese girl babies have been brought to the US for adoption in the last twenty years. This beautiful video is a rare feminist look at the issues of cross-cultural adoption and national identity.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Feminale Women’s Film Festival, Köln, Germany
  • PBS National Broadcast - Asian American Heritage Month
  • New England Film and Video Festival - Best Student Video
  • San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago & New York International Asian American Film Festivals
  • Nextframe International Film and Video Festival
  • The Oakland Museum

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    “Searching for Go-Hyang’s exquisite design and rich, densely layered imagery penetrate deeply into that sacred territory of family and our fantasies of it.”
    Patricia R. Zimmerman
    Ithaca College

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