2017 Parent and Family Workshop Guest Speakers


Monday, July 3rd


10:00-11:30 AM






Hanji Crew

- Kat Wesley & Libby Pomeroy


Mindfully Increasing Healthy Communication in Adoptive/Cross Cultural Families - Nicole Sheppard, MA


Tuesday, July 4th










Traveling to Korea: Three Different Perspectives

- Char Hyunh, Michelle Latourelle &  Helene Douville


A continued Conversation…

- Brooke Jee-in Newmaster & Tricia Howell


Wednesday, July 5th








Tyler Park Skone


Gathering and Sharing Stories: About the Adoption Play Project

-Leah Cooper with Wanderlust Productions


Thursday, July 6th








Korean Adoptees, Teen and Adult:  Living and Learning as Women of Color

-Rebecca McCammon & Sophie Latourelle


Camp Chosôn Board Meeting

-All are welcome to attend.


Friday, July 7th








Presentation from Ewha University Camp Volunteers


Camp Chosôn Celebration & Closing Ceremony



MONDAY, JULY 3rd from 10:00-11:15am
Hanji Crew:  Hanji Paper Hanbok
Join The Hanji Crew and create a beautiful hanbok with folded paper to mount on a card or to frame.  We'll walk you through the process, step by step, as you select your papers and design your hanji hanbok.
Hanbok mounted on a card - $5
Hanbok mounted in a frame - $10
Kat Wesley and Libby Pomroy became friends, who met when their daughters joined a Korean traditional dance group. They invite you to explore their colorful world of hanji, Korea's amazing mulberry paper. Libby learned about hanji taking classes at Saturday Korean school more than 20 years ago. Once she introduced Kat to the intricate art of cutting hanji designs, the two knew they needed an outlet for the things they produced and the passion they shared for the paper.  They formed a (very) small business teaching hanji classes and creating hanji items for sale, and donating all proceeds to Korean cultural organizations.
MONDAY, JULY 3rd from 2:00-3:30
Mindfully Increasing Healthy Communication in Adoptive/Cross-cultural Families
Open communication contributes to healthy family relationships.  Parents and children in immigrant and adoptive families may feel unprepared or find it challenging to talk about important topics such as adoption, race, and culture.  Parents will participate in a mindfulness activity and learn ways to engage in open communication with their children regarding adoption, race and culture.
Nicole Sheppard, MA is a mental health therapist with Mental Health Systems in Roseville.  She has experience providing individual and group therapy with an emphasis in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and a mindfulness-based practice.  Nicole has extensive experience in global Korean adoptee community development, working previously as a counselor at Camp Chosôn, Kamp Kimchee and Camp Sejong (Michigan) and as Vice Secretary General and Annual Conference Director with Global Overseas Adoptees' Link (GOA'L) in Seoul, Korea for 8 years.
TUESDAY, JULY 4rd from 10:00-11:15am
Traveling to Korea: Three Different Perspectives
Parents with three different perspectives will share their background and family context surrounding their experience(s) traveling to Korea with their children: An adult adoptee and parent of three girls, traveling to Korea for the second time, with her oldest daughter.  An adoptive parent with two teenage daughters, having made four trips to Korea and experiences with birth family searches.  An adoptive and biological parent, traveling to Korea earlier than many families travel with her 7 year old daughter and two son’s, visiting Eastern, meeting her foster mother and having the shared sibling experience of traveling to Korea together.
Speaker Bios:
Char Huynh was supposedly born in the small farming village of Nonsan, outside of Daejeon, South Korea in 1975.  She was adopted to Minneapolis, Minnesota when she was 5 ½ months old.  She grew up living in Edina, MN during my school-age years.  Char has a B.A. in East Asian studies and Communications.  She currently lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Dan and their three daughters.  Char will talk about her experience when she traveled to South Korea for the 2nd time in 2016 with her oldest daughter and her Korean dance group.
Michelle Latourelle is a mother of two teens (ages 15 and 18) adopted from Korea as infants. Her family has been involved in Camp Chosôn and Jang mi Korean Dance and Drumming since 2004. She has visited Korea four times with various configurations of her family and Jang mi families.  She has found these trips to be of tremendous value to each family member.  Michelle will share her perspective on evaluating your priorities when planning the pilgrimage (it’s different than a vacation), adoptive parent’s role during homeland tours, the value of traveling with a group, and post-travel considerations.
Helene Douville is a parent with three children; two sons and a daughter (now ages 15, 11 and 8).  Helene will talk about the travel experience from her perspective as both an adoptive and biological parent.  She will touch on the benefits and challenges of traveling to Korea for the first time with her daughter at the age of 7 years old, the impact she saw this experience had on her daughter, along with her two son’s and the influence this shared experience had on their sibling relationships.  Helene has been involved with Camp Chosôn for three years, two as Board Member and coordinating the Parent & Family Workshop Sessions.  Professionally, Helene is a Licensed Parent Educator.  She has worked for many years in Early Childhood & Family Education (ECFE).  Currently, she is a Parenting Support Coach, providing education, resources and support to help parents address concerns and better manage the ongoing stressors and demands of day-to-day family life.  She also provides supervised visitation services for families involved with the child protection system.
TUESDAY, JULY  4th from 2:00-3:30pm
A Continued Conversation…  
Korean cultural education for Korean adoptee children and adults provides an important connection to self-esteem. Integrating Korean culture into family activities, meals and events builds self-knowledge and a link to one’s Korean heritage.  Some ways to integrate Korean cultural heritage into your family’s experiences are listed below. Many of these activities build networks and lifelong friendships. Also listed are important topics to consider.
  • Camp Chosôn day camp and resident camp experience
  • Alumni returning as counselors, teachers, volunteers and parents of campers
  • A brief history of some of the resources (Camps, mentorship programs, cultural and arts
            programs) for Korean adoptees from the 80’s to today
  • The importance of Korean cultural education for the entire family
  • Korean adoptees returning to Korea for the first time
  • The adoptee community and network throughout the world and Korea
  • Some advice on how to support adoptees – race, identity, growing up in a different race family, transracial identity
  • Birth parent search - some ideas to support your child
  • Adult adoptees and their families
  • The importance of choice of language and respect when discussing adoption, race and identity
  • Korean American Identity, Asian American Identity, Korean Adoptee Identity, Bi-racial Identity, Transracial Identity – Some thoughts
  •  Camp Chosôn, AK Connection, Jang-mi, Korean Heritage house, Kgam Studio – building community and support networks 
We will take some Q & A during the last 10 minutes. 
Brooke Jee-in Newmaster has taught at Camp Chosôn since the camp was founded in 1993. Currently, she teaches Korean traditional dance & drum and co-coordinates the resident camp program. Adopted in 1979, Brooke has been passionate about learning about her birth country since she was a young child. She strives to bring Korean traditional performance, workshops and educational opportunities to the Korean adoptee families and the communities they live in.
Brooke is the artistic director of the Jang-mi Korean Dance & Drum group in Saint Paul and founder of the Korean Heritage House organization. Jang-mi lessons are currently located in space at the Sejong Academy - Korean immersion school. In February 2017, Brooke opened a new studio space in Eau Claire Wisconsin. The space is called Kgam Studio. Kgam means persimmon in the Korean language and the fruit can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Brooke hopes Kagam studio will be a place for collaborative art making across cultures. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Brooke will bring Korean cultural workshops/classes into schools across Minnesota and Wisconsin – presenting Korean drumming, mask dance, fan dance and more – to schools Korean adopted children attend. If you would like a Korean arts workshop/program brought to your child’s school, please email Brooke at:BrookeNewmaster@KgamStudio.com
Tricia Howell was born in South Korea, and was adopted back in 1976. She grew up in Eden Prairie, MN. She has one brother who is biological to her parents. She attended the University of Minnesota. Tricia has a long history of volunteering and teaching in the Korean adoptee community.  It is something that is very important to her, and will always be a part of her life. Brian and Tricia have been married for thirteen years, and have two daughters. Ava is seven and a half, and will be going in to second grade this fall. Ella is four and a half, and will be starting her final year of preschool this fall. They live in Rochester, MN, and love the community they live in.  Tricia has been a part of Camp Chosôn for twelve years, and co-directing it for eleven years. 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5th from 10:00-11:15am
I'm No Psychologist, But This is How I See It: A perspective of a Korean Adoptee
As a young adult of 21 years old, Tyler will share his own personal experiences of growing up as a Korean adoptee in Minnesota; touching on topics of race, identity, belonging/not belonging, his struggles and development through the teen years and as a young adult.  In addition, Tyler will give you a "behind the scenes" perspective about his experience acting and participating in the Adoption Play Project, along with some of the ways this powerful this experience challenged him and changed him. Tyler will also talk about his trip to Korea in March of 2016, his first time back to Korea since his adoption in 1996.  He will talk about the impact this trip had on him; along with some ideas, insights, and hindsights about ways to mentally and emotionally prepare for such a journey.  Tyler will also talk about the value of Korean culture camps for adoptees, building connections and the importance of carrying this spirit of community with us...beyond Camp Choson.
Tyler Park Skone is an active member of the Korean adoptee community in the Twin Cities whether it be taking leadership roles in Korean Culture Camps for youth or spreading his love of his culture by beating his "Seoul" out on his Janggu. Tyler is currently a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical Institute studying theatre.  Outside of adulting Tyler enjoys Yoga, Mixology, Spoken Word Poetry and Food.
WEDNESDAY, JULY  5th from 2:00-3:30pm
Gathering and Sharing Stories with Leah Cooper from Wonderlust Productions
Wonderlust Productions, a theater company, spent two years collecting stories from Minnesotans affected by adoption – adoptees, birth families, adoptive families, social workers – and after talking to over 200 people, turned those stories into a play that was performed by a cast made up mostly of people from the adoption community in a show last December. Leah Cooper, Co-Artistic Director of the company, and an adoptee herself, will talk about the process, and what they learned along the way. She will also share some excerpts from a DVD of the show and answer questions.
Leah Cooper was born, adopted, and raised in Los Angeles, and relocated to Minnesota in 1998. She has been passionately devoted to making theater for over 30 years, and is currently a freelance stage director, nonprofit consultant, and Co-Artistic Director of Wonderlust Productions, a community-driven theater company that produces new plays based on stories of people in Minnesota. She has served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and a Co-Founder of MinnesotaPlaylist.com, and once upon a time she was a software engineer.
Korean Adoptees, Teen and Adult: Living and Learning as Women of Color
The navigation and journeywork of Korean adoptees, as youth and adults of color, within a white majority world rife with racism is one of deep complexity, particularly when your primary relationships of the world, are with white family.  So, when your origin story, both fictional and real, creates a family tree of simultaneous loss and deep desire to belong, how do we recognize and acknowledge the micro-aggressions of every day, the larger racist messages of larger society and our own internalized racism?  Join two Korean adoptees- both teen and adult- as they share their own stories of living and learning as women of color.
Becky McCammon is a Korean adoptee and mother to 2 bi-racial Korean children.  This fall will mark Becky’s 19th year in education, including 14 years in the classroom as a Language Arts teacher and 3 years out of the classroom serving as coach and program lead in arts-integrated learning environments and secondary schools.
Sophie Latourelle is a Korean adoptee and a high school student.  Her family has been involved in Camp Chosôn and Jang mi Korean Dance and Drumming since 2004.  She has traveled to Korea multiple times. Sophie will share some of her perspectives based on her own personal experiences growing up and living as young woman of color in the context of today’s social and cultural climate.
THURSDAY, JULY 6TH from  2:00-3:30PM
Camp Chosôn Board Meeting
Meeting is open and parents are welcome to attend.  Learn more about what’s happening with Camp Chosôn, offer feedback for the Board and learn about some of the plans for next summer, when we will be celebrating Camp Chosôn’s 25th year!
FRIDAY, JULY 7th  from  10:00-11:15AM
Workshop Description:  Ewha Volunteers
The students from Ewha University located in Seoul, South Korea will be volunteering with day and resident campers throughout the week are putting together a special presentation for parents.
FRIDAY, JULY 7th at 2:00PM
Camp Chosôn Celebration & Closing Ceremony
Our closing ceremony will be from 2:00-3:30 p.m. on Friday. Campers may wear Hanboks or Taekwondo uniforms for the program. The closing ceremony is a wonderful celebration for family members and campers that showcases what the campers have learned during the week. Camp officially ends at the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony.  Please refer to the Welcome Letter for more detailed information about the Closing Ceremony.


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