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I Adopted A Baby. The Biggest Screw Up In My Life

  • Published on: 14 June 2018
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    This is David, and this is the story of the biggest screw up he ever made in his life.

    Seventeen years ago, David and his wife, Caroline, adopted a baby from an Asian American family. He never got to know them at a personal level, and as far as he knew they were very keen to maintain their privacy. They therefore had very few details about the kid’s background, and never tried to find out more. The only thing they knew was that the real parents were too young to look after children.

    But David and Caroline were definitely ready to adopt a child. They’d been on a waiting list for a long time, and they were so eager to become parents that they really weren’t interested in where the baby came from. This turned out to be a big mistake.

    Soon enough, David and Caroline adopted a handsome, intelligent and affectionate little boy, whom they named Justin. It was love at first sight. When Justin was about eight months old, David and his wife began to feel guilty that they were bringing him up without a connection to his ethnic background. Fortunately, they lived in an area with a sizeable Chinese population, so they figured it’d be easy to introduce him to his roots.

    And so for the next seventeen years, David and Caroline did everything possible to honor their son’s ethnic heritage. He attended Chinese language courses, and by the time he was five he could speak both Mandarin and English fluently. They also found a Chinese couple who became friends with Justin and took responsibility for his cultural upbringing. They invited him round to their home to celebrate Chinese holidays, took him out for a Chinese meal every couple of weeks, and practised Mandarin with him. From the time Justin was eight, David took him to China every two years. They never forced him to adopt his ethnic culture, because they didn’t want him to feel there was a difference between them. But they were determined not to rob him of his heritage either. Both David and Caroline were sure they were doing the right thing.

    Everything was going well for them until a week ago, when David was filling in Justin’s financial support application for college. He had to track down some old documents he hadn’t looked at in a while. As he was browsing through them, his eyes suddenly fell upon his son’s old adoption records. The surnames of Justin’s biological parents suddenly jumped out at him. He broke out into a cold sweat. Their names were PARK and KIM.

    Those are Korean last names. David’s son is not from China. Not one little bit. He’s Korean!

    David had never been one of those people who assumes every Asian person is Chinese, and often laughed at others for doing so. But that's what he ended up doing with his own son! Now, he has a seventeen-year-old Korean son who thinks he’s Chinese. He’s spent nearly two decades guiding Justin towards ethnic roots that are not his real ones.

    And the best part of the story is that he now has to reveal the truth to his son and wife. Although he’s not sure if he ever will.

    I adopted a baby 0:07

    We introduced a baby with his roots 1:10

    I felt literally petrified 2:15

    The worst part of all the story 2:56

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    ACTUALLY HAPPENED   4 months ago

    What do you think?Should David say the truth to his son and wife?

  • Moon Turtle
    Moon Turtle   2 hours ago

    Tbh I’m asian American and I live in the US texas and I’m supposed to be learning Khmer bc my parents are from combodia and that makes me asian but I’m not even wanting to learn Khmer I was learning Japanese. Most people thought I was Chinese and told them I was combodian and people wouldn’t even know what or where combodia was from. Combodia is pretty far from the US it’s in Asia but I did visit it when I was 3 or 2 but now I really wanna know what combodia looks like again.

  • Just Jyn
    Just Jyn   3 hours ago

    he’s Korean , but Chinese at heart XD

  • Jasmine Ganning
    Jasmine Ganning   4 hours ago

    You know its his life. I think that he has the right to know his origins at least. Thats all I'm going to say because you need to know that sooner or later he will find out, so just get it out in the open and get it over with.

  • Dan Mathew
    Dan Mathew   13 hours ago

    u made a vid so the are going to find out

  • gwen hartley
    gwen hartley   14 hours ago

    I think he should tell because his kid has to know that Chinese is not his culture

  • Oriana Watts
    Oriana Watts   14 hours ago

    I think he should but if he does tell the truth then David’s son will know that he is Korean

  • Yaslee's animation
    Yaslee's animation   16 hours ago

    Yes because then maybe he can celebrate both cultures and maybe he can learn korean and they can all be happy!!!

  • midnight fun
    midnight fun   17 hours ago

    No cause his wife is going to be scared or mad

  • Rosie Beltran
    Rosie Beltran   17 hours ago

    He should because if he don't then it's going to be worst,also if his son found his records he's going to be heartbroken

    BANANA CAKE   19 hours ago

    A few years later his kid watches this.

  • fiona
    fiona   19 hours ago

    David: I am not going to tell my wife and son that we have been helping my son learn more about a culture that isnt even his.Also David: *Tells millions of other people*

  • Miraculous Pichu
    Miraculous Pichu   21 hours ago

    Its better to tell what you didn't know about thats been going on for so long when you find out

  • Jazmin Arballo
    Jazmin Arballo   22 hours ago

    His heart was in a good place, a funny story for him to tell his kids. My dad and mom adopted me, the whole time they thought I was Chinese when I’m Korean.

  • game2 Laskar
    game2 Laskar   22 hours ago

    Dont say the truth.Sometimes is better to stay silent.

  • sehraat arafat
    sehraat arafat   22 hours ago

    He should tell his 'son' and wife the truth because he's NOT ( The son) Chinese! TELL HIM AND YOUR WIFE THE TRUTH!!!!!! I hope your reading this! Plz tell them the truth,i hope u will cuz like ... don't u feel guilty ! What a lie! 😥😤🤯😨😱😡🤬🚫❌🏯(HE'S NOT CHINESE TELL HIM THE TRUTH!!!😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬)

  • Osgnay wang
    Osgnay wang   23 hours ago

    Can anyone find me the full sound track at the end of the video?

  • Ale gaia
    Ale gaia   1 days ago

    These are the only words I can say: honesty is the best policy!

  • Silly Sree
    Silly Sree   1 days ago

    I think David should tell his wife and son, it’s the right thing to do.

  • Park Jiminie
    Park Jiminie   1 days ago

    park jimin and kim taehyung popped out from my brain :)

  • WD Gaster
    WD Gaster   1 days ago

    I don’t think you should tell them it was his choice and yours to embrace chinease culture and it would make no difference if you told him he’s Korean he already made through so much of his life that not doesn’t matter.

  • AJM's reviews
    AJM's reviews   1 days ago

    David should tell the truth because his son has the right to know his roots