Jung Henin says foreign adoptions of Korean children must stop
Korean-born Belgian filmmaker Jung Henin (Jeon Jung-sik) was only about five when he was adopted by Belgian parents after being found as a lost child at Namdaemun Market in Seoul. He doesn’t know who filled out his adoption papers, but whoever it was recorded his skin color as “miel,” which means “honey” in French, instead of “Asian.”
Now 48, Henin, who wants to be called by his Korean name, recently visited Seoul for the local release of his autobiographical animated film “Approved for Adoption.” Its French title “Couleur de peau: Miel,” or “Color of Skin: Honey,” was inspired by what was written on his adoption papers.
“I’ve always thought the way (the papers) described my skin color, that it was the color of honey, was beautiful and poetic,” the filmmaker said. “I’ve always thought this would be the title of the film. I didn’t have to think twice.”..