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Filmmaker and subject Deann Borshay Liem meets with a woman named Cha Jung Hee in Gwangju, Korea, who describes what it was like growing up as one of eight children with a single mother.

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Filmmaker and subject Deann Borshay Liem talks about her Korean birth mother's trip to visit her in California.

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At an orphanage in Korea, an adoptee learns how she was switched with Cha Jung Hee, another young girl whose adoption paperwork was already underway.

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Universal-International Newsreel captures the arrival of 24 Korean adoptees to Portland, Oregon in the 1950's.

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Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem talks about the making of In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee.


Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the United States in 1966.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 14, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Deann Borshay Liem Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Filmmaker Statement


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