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A stranger in her own skin

From babies shipped in boxes to Angelina Jolie's growing brood, the history of international adoption follows chaos and calamity around the world
Kelly Cryderman, Calgary Herald
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
MiRyung Pang describes her childhood as "healthy and happy," even if it took her a long time to feel comfortable in her own skin.

Adopted in 1975 when she was just five -- one of the early international adoptees in Canada -- Pang has no memories from her native Korea. Her adoptive mother, a single teacher in Toronto, did not expose her to Korean culture as she grew up.

Pang grew up mostly around whites, felt self-conscious about her "own skin and own eyes," and suffered an identity crisis in her late teens that left her feeling suicidal.

Until she was an adult, Pang didn't like spending time with other Asians.

"I thought they talked loudly and just weren't good people," she said. "I didn't want other people to think I hung out with them."...

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