(Originally published September 9, 2013, IAmKoreAm)
“Graduates” of an English-language Father School session this past May celebrate with their wives and children.
Many second-generation Korean American dads vow they won’t be like their own stoic immigrant fathers. Yet once they have families of their own, they realize that’s easier said than done. The English-language father school tries to heal those wounds and engage men on their evolving role in the family.
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Southern California, Class of 2013
My parents divorced when I was in 5th grade. It was a painful and devastating experience seeing your father, who was your childhood hero, abandon you and walk away from your family. I was heart broken and furious. Witnessing all the sorrow and heartache endured, I vowed myself to never grow up to become like my father. Ever.
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Southern California, Class of 2012
My name is Dan Lee and I’m honored to share my testimony of my experience at Father School with you all. I hope that by reading my testimony, you all one day will have a testimony to share with others as well. Father School was definitely not something I was interested in the beginning, but I’m grateful to God that He gave me an opportunity to experience Father School because not only has it impacted my life, but my families lives as well. Praise the Lord!
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(Originally published May 8, 2011, New York Times)
A soft-spoken electrical engineer named Edmond Rhim sat in a packed gymnasium with his wife, Hanna, gripping her tiny hand in his. It was the last of four five-hour-long sessions of Father School, and by the end of the night, 70 men — all of them Korean, and almost all of them Christian — would be declared more emotionally adjusted dads. They would even get a certificate, a group photo and a polo shirt to prove it.
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(Originally published June 1, 2009, IAmKoreAm magazine)
A growing number of Korean immigrant men are searching for the answer to the fundamental question: What does it mean to be a man and a father today? They’re turning to Father School to find out.
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