Legacy Project: Lee-Ann Hanham

Category: Legacy Project, Love/Hate Series, Original Video, Video


“I was in shock when I met people who were connected with their Korean families, and I would internalize these questions: What would that mean? How would that work?”

Adopted at the age of two by a white family on Long Island, social worker Lee-Ann Hanham grew up with her non-biological, adopted Korean sister as the only Koreans in her neighborhood. In this edition of the Love/Hate Project series, Hanham shares her journey of self-discovery as a Korean adoptee and the reasons why she chose not to connect with her biological family. She credits her high school social worker as the main reason why she became a social worker herself. Now a mother of two, Hanham talks about what it means for her as an adoptee to raise her own biological children, whom she describes as also a part of the adopted community.