JOURNEY OF HOPE The history of Korean adoptions and one woman's endeavors to find her biological family are the focus of Journey of Hope. The program offers a background on cross-cultural adoption practices and examines the personal feelings of adoptees and their hopes for a connection between themselves and their native Korean families. Producer Karen Hae Soon Eckert tells of her own recent trip to Korea in search of her birth family, a journey that did not have a positive conclusion. Journey of... [see more] Hope features commentary from others involved with Karen's search including her father, Robert Eckert, and friend, Cynthia Woo Jung Anderson who traveled east with Karen and ultimately met with her birth mother after forty years of wondering. Also included are interviews with Grace Kim, a volunteer social worker in a Korean orphanage, and adoptees Susie Allen and Washington State Senator Paul Shin. Holt International, a pioneer in international adoptions, is also featured. Representatives from the agency explain the cultural landscape that has influenced its efforts over the years. Ambassador Hur Ri-Hoon offers a counterpoint from the Korean government and how domestic adoption is being encouraged in his country. "I created this documentary to help bridge the gap between, Koreans, adoptive families, and adoptee communities." Eckert added, "although there will always be a cultural and language difference, there is hope that we can better understand each other and overcome the barriers that exist between us."