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    Information on selection of 2024 Korean government Scholarship Program for Graduate Degree (Global Korea Scholarship: GKS)

    https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/be-en/brd/m_7437/view.do?seq=761073




    11 Février 2024 – Pictures Seollal @ Restaurant Gangnam



    February 11th – Seollal 2024 @ Gangnam restaurant

    The year 2024 is the year of the blue dragon. May it bring you peace, love, and excellent health !
    For this occasion, we have the pleasure of organizing Seollal on Sunday, February 11th at 12:00 PM at the Gangnam restaurant in Wavre.
    We offer an exceptional tasting menu at the price of €40 for members and €45 for non-members. To secure your spot, please make reservations and payments before Wednesday, February 7th, through our website. Seats are limited, so don’t delay !

    GANGNAM RESTAURANT – 11 February 2024 @ 12h00
    Rue Provinciale 244, 1301 Wavre

    https://maps.app.goo.gl/jggzbJ2XocJqkSY58

    You can register here :
    https://forms.gle/eRNsP4WHgSUSHVCP8


    Events agenda 2024

    The year 2023 is coming to an end… Throughout this year, we have organized events aimed at bringing our community together and creating unforgettable memories. We want to express our sincere gratitude for your consistent presence and unwavering support! Each experience has been a valuable lesson for our young association, and we are confident that these lessons will contribute to making the year 2024 even more exceptional!

    Here’s a sneak peek at what we have in store for the upcoming year:

    Seollal: 10-11/02/2024

    Sports day in collaboration with the Korean community: May 2024

    BBQ: Mid-August

    Adoption Day: Late October 2024

    Gala: December 2024


    12 November 2023 – Korean Adoptee’s Day

    On November 9th, it is World Adoption Day.

    « What is #WorldAdoptionDay?


    #WorldAdoptionDay is a day to lift up all voices in the adoption community, to share your story, to reflect on your adoption journey and to connect with those touched by adoption. Every adoption journey is different but most stories often start from a painful place where a mother and a child are tragically separated.» (World Adoption Day)

    On this occasion, KAB is pleased to invite you to an afternoon of reflection and sharing on the journey of adopted Koreans. This experience will be approached from the perspective of everyday racism towards the Asian community, its impact on the daily lives of adoptees, their social, professional, and emotional relationships, as well as the consequences for integration.

    When : November 12, 2023, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Where : 4 Rue de la Régence, 1000 Brussels
    Details : Free entry with prior registration via email: contact@k-a-b.be

    Registration closes on October 31, 2023

    Program
    2:00 pm – Welcome
    2:10 pm – President’s speech
    2:15 pm – Introduction
    2:25 pm – Dialogue between Sung-Shim Courier, journalist at l’Echo and author of the podcast/audio creation “Vous avez eu tous les visages,” and Shahin Mohammad, consultant and speaker on inclusion and diversity
    3:15 pm – Open debate for all and Q&A session
    4:45 pm – Drinks and relaxation moment


    2 December 2023 Korean GALA (FULL)

    With great pleasure, we invite you to our ‘Korean Gala’ organized in partnership with the Korean Community on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 5:30 PM at Chalet du Laerbeek (Avenue du Laerbeek, 145 – 1090 Jette).

    As the number of seats is limited to 120, they are likely to be reserved quickly.

    You can register via our email address contact@k-a-b.be by mentioning:

    • GALA
    • Last Name – First Name
    • Number of adult seats
    • Number of children and/or student seats

      If you are a contributing member of KAB (with up-to-date membership fees)
      Upon receipt of your full payment to account number BE34 7340 6719 0390, we will confirm your reservation by email. The early registrants will be served first.

    If there are no more seats available when you make your payment, you will be added to a reserve list and notified by email. You will, of course, be refunded if necessary.

    Reservations will be closed on November 24.

    For parking, we recommend parking along Avenue de Laerbeek (please be cautious, as this road is not illuminated in the evening and at night).

    Google Maps: Chalet du Laerbeek

    You will find the prices, practical information, and the detailed program for the evening below.

    A friendly, festive evening with a touch of magic is guaranteed.

    Dress code: Evening attire or Hanbok.

    We look forward to welcoming many of you!


    2023 IKAA Korea Gathering – Opening Ceremony Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT5lacVC7s8
    2023 IKAA Korea Gathering – Opening Ceremony Video

    This video showcases the @IKAA_org network and their partner organizations, as well as their multidecade long histories of providing support and services for the Korean adoptee community across the US, Europe and Australia.

    It was created as a celebration of the 6th IKAA Korea Gathering held in July 2023 in Seoul, with more than 450 attendees from 19 countries! The IKAA Korea Gathering is the world’s largest global Korean adoptee conference.

    Check out ikaa.org for more information.


    2 December 2023: KAB Gala dinner + spectacle with the Korean community

    Note already the date 2 dec!

    (details soon…)


    12 November 2023 12h-19h: Day of the adoptee, conference / debate at the KCC in Brussels

    (details soon…)


    7 October 2023 19h Braine l’Alleud: KAB Diner & Bowling

    Restaurant and bowling evening on Saturday 7 October at 7 p.m. in Braine-l’alleud. The evening will be co-organized by facebook group Fans de Corée with K-A-B: Korean Adoptees in Belgium.
    Where: The world is small. Buffet at 7:00 p.m.
    https://lemondeestpetits.com/
    Then BowlFactory at 10 p.m. 2 parts.
    http://www.bowlfactory.eu/
    Registration via facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/koreanadopteesinbelgium/permalink/2462500550570496/

    6 October 2023 18h-19h: KAB General Assembly

    (details soon…)

    1 October 2023 Chuseok Dinner

    KAB is co-organizing a Chuseok lunch with our friends from Kapero on Sunday, October 1st.

    Location: Cafeteria Le Bardok in Malines. Catered by Table d’Ho in Antwerp.

    Program: 12:00 PM – Arrival, 12:15 PM – Speech, 12:30 PM – Buffet, 1:30 PM – Quiz.

    Price:
    €35 for non-member adults without beverages.
    €27 for adult members without beverages.
    €19 for children under 12 without beverages.

    Click on the link below to register to the event :

    MAKE A RESERVATION


    13 August 2023: KAB BBQ at Bois des Rêves

    Pictures of this event on 13/08/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/437351358150776/videos/250540597803437/

    Reunion after 49 years! Soon and Tim arrived in Belgium the same day


    11 August 2023: The KAB team met the new Ambassador of Korea in Belgium M. Ryu Jeonghyun and the Vice-Consul Mrs. Jun Misun, to discuss future collaborations.

    Pictures of this event on 11/08/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)


    10 July 2023: The KAB delegation is now in Seoul for the IKAA gathering!

    Fred’s Angels (Valérie, Sarah, Souki)

    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.

    Pictures of this event on 10/07/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sarah)


    7 July 2023: KAB is now on Instagram ! https://www.instagram.com/korean_adoptees_in_belgium/


    2 July 2023: KAB has the pleasure to announce that Sandra joined the KAB team as Treasurer, and Maryse joined the KAB team as Event Manager, Michael (who was already in the team) becomes the IT Manager. Welcome to all 💐, let’s do fantastic things together!

    Top: Sarah (Public relation) and Michael (IT). Below: Myriam (Secretary), Maryse (Event Manager), Sandra (Treasurer) (not on this picture but in the team: Frederick, Valérie, Sunwoo, Ran, Tim)


    17-18 June 2023: The Korean Festival HALLYUTOWN 17-18 June was a huge succes!!,

    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!

    Pictures of this event on 17/06/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Tim)

    Pictures of this event on 17/06/2023 (part 2)

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)

    Videos from RTL Television over Hallyu Town, featuring Frédérick and Evelyn from KAB !!
    https://www.rtl.be/page-videos/belgique/societe/les-journees-de-la-culture-coreenne-se-tiennent-ce-week-end-bruxelles/2023-06-17/video/560363

    https://www.rtl.be/page-videos/monde/festival-de-la-culture-coreenne-eclaircissements-avec-haetal-chung/2023-06-17/video/560286

    https://www.rtl.be/page-videos/belgique/societe/le-festival-de-culture-coreenne-se-tient-ce-week-end-bruxelles/2023-06-17/video/560284


    12 June 2023: a new testimonial video of Sunwoo has been broadcasted on Korean TV YTN: watch it here (as well as the previous ones from Laure, Minjin, Kisuk, Sunny, Frédérick, Sarah)


    3 June 2023: 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)


    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 🇰🇷

    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)


    13 May 2023 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)


    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)


    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.

    Pictures of this event on 11/03/2023

    KAB’s pictures (by Sunwoo)



    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.

    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)


    31 January 2023: 7pm Brussels, Palace: New movie “Retour à Séoul” Avant-première


    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!



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