Me & Korea, Inc. (“Me & Korea”) is a California, U.S.-based nonprofit organization that serves Korean adoptees and their families. Me & Korea strives to forge connections between the Korean community and Korean adoptees to help adoptees develop their Korean identity and to raise awareness about adoption in the Korean community. Me & Korea runs annual tours to Korea for adult Korean adoptees and an educational program for Korean adoptee children and their families in northern California. Me & Korea is an all-volunteer organization that receives the majority of its funding from individual donors.
Me & Korea was founded in 2013 after Executive Director Minyoung Kim helped run the first return tour for adult Korean adoptees in the summer 2013. After the success of the first tour, Minyoung decided that she would like to continue the tours and to set up a nonprofit organization to do so. She enlisted the help of 2013 tour members Jill Pfenning and Mary O’Donnell, who would soon join Minyoung on the Board of the newly formed organization.
Since its founding, Me & Korea has run eight tours and its tour alumni include more than 200 adoptees. In addition, it has co-sponsored two conferences on Koreans and Camptowns (one at University of California, Berkeley, in September 2015, and one at Seoul National University in September 2018). It also launched a language and culture school for Korean adoptee children in the San Francisco, California area, assisted with translating and promoting the Dazzling Hope book by Professor Keon-Su Lee, and launched Wings to raise money for orphaned children and birth mothers in Korea.