|▲ Children’s book author Kang Jae-suk|
The only 19 year old children’s book author Kang Jae-suk is famous for his book <The Rooted Cherry> published simultaneously in Korea and the USA. The book delivers a positive message and metaphor for adoptions. “I wrote the book for both children and adults. I wanted to deliver my message that an adoption is not a special or praiseworthy event but a natural process of making a family. Like a man and a woman falling in love and marrying to form a family, children of the God meet each other in the name of ‘family’ as naturally as a flower blossoms among its family in the field. It is wrong to take an adoption as the adoptees do the adopted a favor!” explains Kang. The story of <The Rooted Cherry> goes that the cherry falls from a cherry tree, launches a travel to find a true family, eventually finds the family to rely on and roots in the family to grow. <The Rooted Cherry> was published by Coram Deo, a Christian book publisher meaning ‘before the God’ and it is being donated to libraries of the world at the moment. Kang’s younger brother is a member of the KOA CHOIR, the Korea’s first openly adopted children’s choir. It was first started by mezzo-soprano Kim Su-jung (the director of the choir) and 8 adopted children in 2006. The choir held the official launching concert <Let’s Make a Beautiful World> in 2010 and it was 2015 that the choir became a corporation aggregate as the KOA CHOIR. To raise a fund to support the activities of the choir, Kang has uploaded <The Rooted Cherry> onto ‘Together with Kakao’, a Korean fundraising platform. The fund is to be used as the expenses of the choir’s activities home and abroad. A short history of Kang: he flew to the USA in his teens, led a robot club and won the participation prize at the FTC (First Tech Challenge), founded the first badminton club in the school, and actively engaged in the Amnesty International. In other words, he is a young man of versatility. <Power Korea> wishes this talented young man and his virtuous book <The Rooted Cheery> a great success.
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