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cover story Grands across the sea Long-distance loving By Tina M. Cho PhoTograPhy By Melinda BäuMle S 22 GRAND JULY maLL goLd nuggets and a tiny golden ring were given to my baby Anna for her first birthday. We are not of royalty. Instead, we are a unique family of two cultures—American and Korean. I was adopted from South Korea by a young Caucasian couple in Iowa. The doctor had told my parents they were unable to bear children, and so in the early 1970s they chose to adopt. They were told that to adopt an American baby meant a wait of three or four years; there was a long waiting list. They were already supporting a young girl child through Christian Children’s Fund (for $12 a month), but when they inquired about her, they were told she had parents. CCF recommended the Holt Adoption Agency . Through Holt, the paperwork and wait was, appropriately, nine months. I arrived in the United States at the age of five months. Shortly after my adoption, my mother became pregnant with my brother! Six years later, my parents decided to adopt one more child—another baby girl from Korea. Our father was a milkman; our mother stayed at home. We are a close-knit family. My mom says she forgets she didn’t give birth to me. Almost 30 years later, while teaching in Des Moines and working on a master’s degree, I met my husband, Jaekeun Cho, who is from South Korea. Jaekeun was studying at Iowa State University. From my good viewpoint as the church pianist, I spotted him in the congregation. I never dreamed I would marry a 2009 Click and connect to more resources instantly where you see this symbol: 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - July 2009

GRAND Magazine - July 2009
GRAND View
Contents
GRAND Central
Grands Across the Sea
O, Say, Can You Sing?
Hear and Now
Ask GRAND
GRAND’s 2009 Sexiest Granddads
Nailing It
Reader's Write
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - Grands Across the Sea
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - O, Say, Can You Sing?
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - Hear and Now
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - Ask GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - GRAND’s 2009 Sexiest Granddads
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - Nailing It
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - Reader's Write
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GRAND Magazine - July 2009 - Resources
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