Most Korean adoptees don't reunite with their birth families. The search is long, difficult, and often hindered by the agencies themselves.
Adoptees are often pitied as victims, or told they are lucky. Korean adoptees living in South Korea challenge assumptions about who they are.
They pay to create a rainforest and dig wells. They also stalk their idols and compete to see who are better fans. Welcome to the world of K-pop fandom.
South Korea loves dramatic reunions between adoptees - many sent abroad in recent history - and birth parents. But little attention is paid to what's next.