KAB

Introduction

  • KAB

    KAB Korean Adoptees in Belgium

    KAB is a non-profit organization in Belgium. KAB aims to promote contacts and friendship between the Belgian and Korean peoples and also to offer support in order to help adoptees of Korean origin to begin the process of finding their birth family.
    The association can propose actions, services and benefits that highlight the Korean Community. The decision-making members respect democratic values so as not to undermine the convictions of each. The Association is non-denominational, apolitical and non-union.

    New association and also new logo. Vasco explains the concept around that logo: “They are 2 hands of friendship, a universal theme, friendship of languagelessness, friendship of 2 countries and friendship with the world.”

    Word of the President

    Frédérick – KAB President

    “Dear Kads, dear friends, dear brothers and sisters,

    After 10 years of existence it was perhaps time to blow new life into this association .
    A new dynamic team with many ideas to bring together people who love Korea. We are about 3700 adoptees in Belgium and would like to meet you during our activities. We hope to see you soon.

    Team Korean Adoptees in Belgium.”

NEWS & EVENTS

News


  • KAB News

    29 May 2023: Korean Language Courses 2023/2024 in Brussels (KCC). Info, schedule and registration: https://brussels.korean-culture.org/en/646/board/438/read/123052


    25 May 2023: Inauguration of the new korean restaurant ANJU in Brussels, photos here


    17 May 2023: Korean Festival HALLYUTOWN 17-18 June, Place Debroukère, Brussels, no reservation needed but already mark in your agenda!


    18 May 2023: Attention: we are complete , registration for the BBQ is closed

    14 May 2023: Registration is open for the BBQ on 13/08. All info, address, price, registration are here.


    16 April 2023: KAB has the pleasure to announce that Myriam joined the KAB team as secretary. 💐Welcome Myriam!

    📢KAB is still looking for a treasurer


    14 April 2023: Travel in Korea August 2023 for KAB members in partnership with Racines Coréennes of France, all info here


    12 April 2023: 2023 OKFriends Homecoming Youth Camp, OKF program summer 2023 for young people 18-25 at university, 1 week in Korea in July 18 – July 25 (7 nights, 8 days) -OR- August 1 – August 8 (7 nights, 8 days), completely free for adoptees and children of adoptees (flight, hotel, transportation, meals). register rapidly, more info here


    10 April 2023: 2 new testimonial videos from Sarah and Frédérick have been broadcast on Korean TV: watch them here (as well as the previous ones from Laure, Minjin, Kisuk, Sunny)


    16 March 2023: Registration is open for the sport day on 13/05.


    11 March 2023: KAB organized its first restaurant event. It was very pleasant to meet old friends and also meet new members and friends. KAB gathered more than 50 peoples, and had special guests from the Korean Community, the Korean Cultural Center and the Korean Consulate. #Korean food #good mood #friendship #raffle #presentation of KAB. Look at the pictures


    3 March 2023: We are looking for a secretary (m/f) and a treasurer (m/f), but on on a voluntary basis (contact@k-a-b.be +32 474 91 12 97).


    16 February 2023: as from today you can register as member of KAB, thank you for your support! Register here.


    12 February 2023: KAB co-organized its first event, the screening of the film “Retour à Seoul” followed by a debate with Laure Badufle, the person who inspired the film’s script. This event was a great success with many participants, a very good film, a moving story, a very interesting debate, and a great atmosphere. Look at the pictures


    26 January 2023: KAB – Korean Adoptees in Belgium is the new name of the Korean adoptees Association in Belgium, which replaces the previous Association BAK. It starts its activities very soon in February 2023. Please check all the planned activities here below on this website. A new team is active. Come and join us! We will be very happy to meet you!



Events

  • Events

    January 31, 7pm Brussels, Palace: New movie “Retour à Séoul” Avant-première



    February 12, 13h45, Brussels cinéma Palace. New movie “Retour à Séoul” in the presence of Laure Badufle, the person who inspired the screenplay of the movie. 🍿🥤

    Laure Badufle

    RETURN TO SEOUL, Davy Chou

    FR/BE/KR, 119′, 2022, VO ST FR/NL

    The Palace is pleased to organize a film-debate around the film RETURN TO SEOUL. The meeting will take place at the end of the film in the presence of Laure Badufle (who inspired the screenplay of the film by Davy Chou, the director) and will be moderated by Frédérick Van Der Plassche of the association KAB, Korean Adoptees in Belgium.

    The meeting will be in French.

    Synopsis: On a whim, 25-year-old Freddie returns for the first time to South Korea, where she was born. The young woman sets off with ardor in search of her origins in this country which is foreign to her, tipping her life in new and unexpected directions.

    Pictures of this event on 12/02/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)



    Saturday 11 March 19h: KAB dinner

    Restaurant Seoul https://seoul-resto.be/

    Pictures of this event on 11/03/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)


    🎬 BSFF Brussels Short Film Festival 26 APR > 06 MAY 2023

    There are 7 Korean short films


    🎬 BIFF at Heysel this April.
    Program
    https://www.bifff.net/program/



    13 May 11h: Sport day with the Korean community 🇰🇷

    on 13 May 11h Parc Malou

    Badminton, Softarchery, Pétanque, Volley, Onewheel (demo), drawing contest for the children.

    Pictures of this event on 13/05/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)



    25 May: Inauguration of the new korean restaurant ANJU in Brussels 🇰🇷

    Michelin-starred chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre opens a restaurant in Brussels devoted to Korean cuisine, “Anju”

    “Anju” is a “casual” bistro style, with Korean codes, surprises, fun and above all taste.

    “I designed the restaurant menu and created the recipes that will be followed to the letter by the team in place. I will remain the guarantor of the quality of the cuisine of chef Victor, who has become familiar with the tastes, but also with the elegance and purity of Korean cuisine My trip to Korea inspired me for the restaurant, but it also comforted me in the concept.

    Several Korean dishes will be served, of course with homemade kimchi (fermented cabbage). Anju refers to a meal during which one eats dishes accompanied by drinks. I also create the wine and spirits list, with soju and makgeolli. The latter is a drink that is similar to a wine and enhances a dish. Also worth trying is cheongju, which is considered a wine since it results from the sedimentation of makgeolli to harvest the translucent part.”

    Where? Rue de la Source 73, 1060 Saint-Gilles

    The Anju restaurant was inaugurated on May 25, in the presence of the Korean ambassador, many journalists and friends, as well as the KAB team.

    Pictures of this event on 25/05/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)



    3 June: Korean Bazaar – Wezembeek-Opem

    Korean Bazaar – June 3rd – Wezembeek-Opem 🇰🇷🇧🇪🌞

    Event organized by the Korean community

    Pictures of this event on 03/06/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)



    17-18 June, Place de Brouckère/ Brouckèreplein, Brussels. HALLYUTOWN

    (not a KAB event, but many KAB members will certainly come)

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    Surprise! The reason of our meetings in Korea! Some of you may already heard about the news but in June we’ll be getting a Korean festival in Brussels! 🥳🥳🥳🇰🇷

    HALLYUTOWN will be celebrating everything Korean! You will get the chance to try korean food and snacks, get the smoothest skin with Korean skincare and enjoy the many cultural aspects from this amazing country!

    And during the festival you’ll get the chance to meet and see some Korean artists performing! Wanna know who’s coming? 👀

    Check out who’s coming! ➡️http://hallyutown.com/en

    And we have some more surprises left. 🤩

    📅 17 – 18 June 2023

    📍Place de Brouckère/ Brouckèreplein, Brussels.

    #southkorea#zuidkorea#한눈#belgium#brussels#hallyutown#koreanfestival

    Paul KIMOnlyOneOf

    CSR
    E Sang



    July: IKAA gathering in Seoul

    IKAA Korea Gathering 2023

    KAB will participate to the IKAA Korea Gathering in July 2023.

    We’re excited to announce the next IKAA Korea Gathering taking place July 10th to 16th, 2023 at COEX and other venues in Seoul, Korea. Held every three years, the Korea Gathering is a unique opportunity to explore Korea while connecting with the global adoptee community. Explore new ways to discover and engage with Korea, lift up diverse adoptee stories and experiences, and facilitate connections and understanding. Thousands from over 15+ countries have attended past Gatherings. You can expect some similar programming from previous years, but we will also be making exciting new changes!

    The theme of the IKAA Gathering 2023 is Rethinking What’s Possible. International adoption from Korea is approaching 70 years old and Korean adoptee-led organizations have existed for over 35 years. The community has come a long way in grassroots community building, post adoption services, and advocacy. Today, we continue to see adoptees discovering the community and widespread digital technologies have enabled adoptees to find, connect, and collaborate in ways that weren’t before possible.

    More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1287033802094042/

    More info here & programming



    13 August: KAB BBQ

    KAB organizes its BBQ on Sunday 13 August at 12h00, at Bois des Rêves (30 min from Brussels by car)

    Dear Members, dear Kads,

    We are delighted to invite you to our summer barbecue which will take place on August 13 from 12 o’clock. at the Bois des Rêves. We plan to spend a pleasant and relaxed day, enjoying the good weather and good company.

    We will prepare a variety of delicious dishes, including grilled meats, salads, seasonal fruits and of course, refreshing drinks. We hope you can join us in sharing this special occasion.

    We would like you to confirm your attendance and the payment of €20 member and €25 non-member before the August 9 response deadline so that we can provide enough food for all guests.

    We look forward to spending some quality time with you at our summer barbecue.

    Cordially,
    KAB team

    Domaine Provincial du Bois des Rêves
    Allée du Bois des Rêves 1
    1340 Ottignies

    https://www.boisdesreves.be/

    Parking 2€, possibility to carpool (write it in the registration form).

    August 13 BBQ program:
    12:00 p.m. arrival and meeting at the BBQ site (next to the entrance to the park, and the paid parking lot 2 eur), there is free parking 5 min walk away. The KAB team will be there from 11am, those who wish to help can come earlier, or you can come earlier and take a walk in the park (17 km walk)
    12:15 p.m. speech then free time!
    1:30 p.m. buffet meal then free time.
    End 5 p.m.
    Activities: Tug of war, archery, volleyball or badminton.

    Please register here below (max 40 attendees and payment before 9 August (otherwise registration will be cancelled)) :

    Attention: we are complete (on 18/5), registration is closed, you can still send us an e-mail to be on the waiting list, in case someone cancels his registration or does not pay on time. Payment deadline is 9 August, on our bank account BE34 7340 6719 0390.



    September: KAB Chuseok + KAB General Assembly

    (details soon…)


    You can also buy beautiful Korean gifts during our events



    November: Day of the adoptee, conference / debate

    (details soon…)



    2 December: KAB Gala dinner + spectacle with the Korean community

    Note already the date 2 dec!

    (details soon…)




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K-CULTURE

Korean lessons


K-food


Movie & K-drama

  • Movie & K-drama
    Movie “Retour à Séoul” Synopsis: On a whim, 25-year-old Freddie returns for the first time to South Korea, where she was born. The young woman sets off with ardor in search of her origins in this country which is foreign to her, tipping her life in new and unexpected directions. Released: February 8, 2023 Interview …

Music & K-pop

  • Music
    Top 10 music in Korea: http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/musictop10.htm?lang=f&start_year=2022&rank_date=2022-07-10 [Arirang Special] Song So Hee (송소희), ‘Arirang Alone (홀로 아리랑)’ Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: SEOUL

Culture

  • Korean culture

    [pdf doc in French]


    Overseas adopted children returned as artists… ‘Homeland’ themed exhibition

    by Kimura Byol Lemoine, 13 April 2023

    To mark the 70th anniversary of overseas adoption, international adoptees will visit their home countries and hold an art exhibition at the National Assembly and Insa-dong for a month.

    The Arts and Culture Association with Overseas Adoptees (KADU, CEO Park Chan-ho) held the opening ceremony of the ‘KADU Overseas Adopted Artist Exhibition’ at 3:00 pm on the 10th at the special exhibition hall in the 2nd lobby of the National Assembly Members’ Hall.

    This exhibition is co-hosted by Rep. Sujin Lee, Minjung Kang, and Seongju Kim from the Democratic Party of Korea, and independent members Hyeongbae Min and Mihyang Yoon, and KADU.

    At the opening ceremony, Rep. Soo-jin Lee (Dongjak-eul, Seoul) said, “This year marks the 70th anniversary of overseas adoption. We need to do our best in enactment and budgeting,” he demanded.

    Park Chan-ho, CEO of KADU, said, “It is not the fault of the adoptees that they do not know the Korean language or culture.”

    In the exhibition, 28 adoptees from 11 countries, including the United States, Germany, Canada, Denmark, France, Sweden, Belgium and Norway, will present 80 paintings, photographs, installation art, and videos on the theme of ‘motherland’. These works contain the pain experienced during the process of overseas adoption and the longing for the hometown. They plan to tell Korean audiences their stories as well.

    Until the 15th, it will be held at the special exhibition hall of the National Assembly Members’ Hall, and from the 19th to May 2nd, it will be moved to the Maru Art Center in Insa-dong. A conversation with the artist is also scheduled at 3:00 pm on the 23rd.

    In line with the exhibition, a forum will be held on the 21st at 2:00 p.m. at the National Assembly Members’ Hall with the theme of ’70 years of international adoption, rethinking international adoption’. On the 22nd, a traditional exorcism performance with the theme of ‘motherland’ will be held.

    Meanwhile, KADU also carries out volunteer activities such as giving Korean names to international adoptees and lighting candles of hope for overseas adoptees. Photographers Park Chan-ho, Park Jong-myeon, Lim Anna, Yoon Jeong-mi, children’s writer Lim Jeong-jin, traditional artist Lee Mi-young, national intangible cultural asset Kim Hye-gyeong, and Jeonnam intangible cultural asset Kim Jeong-hee are active as members.


  • K-Culture

    ArirangTV livestream 24h/24h

    You can watch Arirang TV here: ArirangTV


    Korean Cultural Center Brussels: https://www.facebook.com/koreanculturalcenterbrussels/


    “Cet arbuste à floraison hivernale” korean poetry [In French]: http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/contents_view.htm?lang=f&menu_cate=culture&id=&board_seq=434494&page=1&board_code=


    Poem by Caro Line [in French]  🌸  🌸  🌸 , link to her Facebook page


Travel

ADOPTION

Family search


Testimonies


DNA test

  • How to apply for a DNA test?
    The Korean government helps the Korean adoptees to find their birth families by organizing a DNA testing. This is free and can be performed in the Korean consulates worldwide. Some conditions: the adoptee must be still searching for his/her family and his/her adoption documents do not contain any other way to find the family (it …

Visa for adoptees

  • Visa for adoptees & Useful links:
    Embassy of Korea in Brussels: https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/be-en/index.do Procedure to get the Visa F-4 (for Adoptees): https://pafcoree.or.kr/2022/12/05/mon-actualite/ Nice Article from Vanessa Ricate [in French] source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138429644857862/permalink/631326988901456/ Existe t’il des sujets tabous? Pour certains oui, il y a des sujets à ne pas aborder et certains non, aucun tabou. Évoquer le sujet de l’adoption en est-il un? À …

KAB TEAM & MEMBERS

  • KAB team

    The KAB team members are all volunteers and work for free to make the KAB association live, they are all honest and do not benefit from any advantage, each pays his membership fee.

    We are looking for a treasurer (m/f), but on on a voluntary basis (contact@k-a-b.be +32 474 91 12 97).


    Frédérick Van Der Plassche – KAB President

    Frédérick Van Der Plassche – KAB President

    Frédérick is born in Seoul and was adopted in 1973 by a Belgian (Dutch speaking) family. Has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Speaks Dutch, French & English. Has a daughter (13 years old)

    Studied hotel management and now International Flight Attendant at Brussels Airlines

    His hobbies are sport, cooking, reading and traveling. 

    Has been to South Korea several times and has discovered the best food in South Korea.

    🎬 Interview of Frédérick (2 videos)


    Valérie Dangotte – KAB Vice-President

    Valérie Dangotte – KAB Vice-President

    Valérie is born in Daegu in 1971, aged 1 month old when she’s found and was adopted 5 months later by a Belgian family. Later her parents adopted 2 other Korean children.

    Speaks French, English & Dutch, and is legal assistant.

    Has 2 sons (30 years old and 27 years old).

    Her hobbies are watching Kdrama, listening to BTS’s songs (proud being an ARMY), traveling and being also the Vice-President of another non-profit organization which collects food from the supermarket and gives it to homeless and people in need. Is also group leader of another non-profit organization which helps disabled people.

    Takes Korean classes (twice a week) in King Sejong Institute.

    Came to Korea in 1998 (first time) with a program for Adoptees : YWCA, in 2017 (with her younger son), in April/May 2023 with some friends. Has already visited many Korean cities such as Seoul, Daegu, Busan, Jeju, Gyeongju, Jeonju, Andong


    Sarah Maréchal – KAB Public Relations

    Sarah Maréchal – KAB Public Relations

    Sarah is born in Busan and was adopted in 1973 by a Belgian family.

    Has Belgian-native older brother & sister.

    Speaks French, English & Dutch.

    Has 1 daughter (21 years old) & 1 son (18 years old)

    Began studying fashion design then set her sights on studying library science at a college of higher education, and art history (contemporary art) at the University of Brussels.
    Is an administrative assistant in a European institution in Brussels.
    Her hobbies are painting, music, literature, cinema, sports and travelling.
    Was in South Korea for the 1st time (Seoul and Busan) in April 2011 on the occasion of the annual International Conference of Korean Journalists, as a “special guest”.
    Discovered Korean cinema and Kdramas (which she is a fan of!) on long-haul flights, and Korean food thanks to the Shilla and Korea Market stores and Hana & Itaewon restaurants that have opened in the European capital.
    Playing the harp and learning the changgo (janggu), Korean drum, since a workshop was held at the Korean Cultural Center in March 2022.
    Took Korean culture courses at IHECS and Korean in 2021 with the King Sejong Institute, and has been taking private lessons with Ran Choi since 2022.

    🎬 Interview of Sarah


    Myriam Lefrancq – KAB Secretary

    Myriam Lefrancq – KAB Secretary

    “I was born in Seoul in 1975 and arrived in Belgium when I was 15 months old.

    I spent most of my childhood in the Dinant region and I now live in Brussels.

    Trained as a jurist, I now work in the social security sector.

    I was lucky enough to reunite with my biological family at the age of 30. I went to visit them in 2005 and 3 years later, my family came to Belgium for ten days. I thus found my two sisters, my two brothers and my dad (my mom having died when I was 2 months old).”


    Ran Choi – KAB Public Relations (Korean)

    Ran Choi – KAB Public Relations (Korean)

    Ran is KAB Public Relations (Korean), and is also Korean language teacher


    Sunwoo Potié – KAB Photographer

    Sunwoo Potié – KAB Photographer

    Sunwoo is KAB Photographer



Members

  • Become a member too…

    Why are you a KAB member?

    " Very interested in Asia since childhood, and following my meeting with Johan, a former president of KOBEL, I felt drawn to my country. KAB allows you to meet friends and share experiences during activities "

    President

    Frédérick Van Der Plassche

    @KAB

    Why are you a KAB member?

    " I am an expat living in Belgium. I joined the group to meet and to help others if possible and do cool activities with other people who love Korea "

    Public Relations
    and Korean teacher

    Ran Choi

    @KAB

    Why are you a KAB member?

    " Proud to be Belgian and of Korean origin, I want to promote Korean culture to Korean adoptees and (future) lovers of Korea through the meetings and activities that we are going to organize! "

    Public Relations

    Sarah Maréchal

    @KAB

    Why are you a KAB member?

    " I'm one of the oldest adopted in Belgium. My motivation at KAB is to bring two cultures together with a great team. We are ready to assist everyone with advice and action. "

    Vasco De Beukelaer

    Why are you a KAB member?

    "I decided to get involved in the K-A-B association to create contacts and exchange with Koreans who have experienced the same journey as me, to better know my roots/culture and possibly help people who have not had my chance. to find their biological family."

    Myriam Lefrancq

    @KAB

    Secretary

    Why are you a KAB member?

    "I rediscovered Korea in 1989, and since then I have been hanging out with other adoptees. I support KAB and everything that is done to promote meetings."

    Tim

    Why are you a KAB member?

    " This page is for all members. Put your text here, for example: I want to meet other adoptees "
    send us an email with your text and picture

    what you do

    Your name here

    @your work


    If you like what KAB does, and want to support us, please become a member, it costs only 25 EUR per year. Your membership fee is used to pay for the administrative costs of the association, and for the organization of events. KAB has strict rules for using the money responsibly.

    Members benefit from reductions during activities and discounts at our partners.

    Thank you for your support!


    Chargement…


Partners

Some partners support us as well and offer to KAB members some discount, one more reason to become a KAB member! (first get membership, then when you come to one of our activities you will receive a member card)


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