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Songs of My Families

A Thirty-Seven Year Odyssey from Korea to America and Back

With Kelly Fern and Brad Fern

In 1971, Lee Myonghi, aged five, was taken from her family and placed in a Korean orphanage. Six months later, she was flown to the United States, where she and two other Korean girls were adopted by a Minnesota couple. They renamed her Kelly Jean. Eleven years later, Kelly found herself at the doorstep of a Minnesota agency, although this time as a teen mother giving her own child up for adoption. Kelly later married and had two more children. Then, in 2007, Kelly’s husband found her original, Korean family, and so began a journey that reunited Kelly with the family whom she thought had abandoned her, and brought her face to face with the daughter she herself had lost twenty-five years before.

Told with refreshing honesty, Songs of My Families is a moving story of two generations of women forced to make agonizing choices as they coped with harsh economic realities and personal crises. It is also an affirmation of the strength of family, the importance of one’s cultural heritage, and the enduring power of love.

144 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Lantern Books


Published:  February 2011


Kelly Fern was born in Geumsan, South Korea, and came to the United States when she was five years old. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in European Studies. She is a behavioral detection officer for the Department of Homeland Security and a French language interpreter. Kelly lives with her husband and their two children in Minneapolis. See all books by Kelly Fern
Brad Fern is a psychotherapist in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been involved in mythopoetic men’s work since 1986. He is the co-author of Ashes to Gold: The Alchemy of Mentoring the Delinquent Boy and Songs of My Families. See all books by Brad Fern

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