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So Close, Yet So Far Away This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Anonymous

   Have you everwondered what it would be like to live in a country other thanthe United States? We take for granted what we have, andhardly ever stop to think about others. We are fortunate tohave conveniences such as running water, hot showers, a heatedhome, and plenty of food; they seem so ordinary to us, but areluxuries for some. I learned these differences when I went tomy homeland, South Korea.

When I was four months old, Iwas adopted from Seoul, South Korea. My birth mother was only17; she was uneducated, unmarried and unfit to care for achild. The best solution was adoption. Ever since I canremember, my parents have told me I was adopted, but it'salways been obvious - I'm Korean, and my parents arenot.

In 1996, I went to South Korea with my adoptedmother. I realized how lucky I was and how fortunate my lifehas been.

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