Dutch name: Arierang
International name: Arierang, Dutch Associaton for Korean Adoptees
Type: Non-profit, membership based
Location: According to the articles of association based in Utrecht with national coverage, regional branches in Amsterdam, Groningen, Rotterdam and the south.
According to the articles of association is ‘normal’ membership open only to all adoptees born in the Republic of South Korea and living in the Netherlands from 16 years old and above. Korean adoptees under the age of 16 years can become a aspirant-member. Any other persons as parents or partners can become support members. Membership fee is paid annually based on the calendar year.
The general members meeting of the association elects a Board of Directors consisting of at least an executive committee of three persons; the chairman, the secretary and the treasury. The general members meeting is held at least on a annual basis. The BOD is responsible for the running of activities in between the association's annual meetings. A number of committees, that report to the BOD, work within specific areas such as adoption issues, international relations, social events and the quarterly magazine, Uri Shinmun.
Official sponsors: For 2006 not contracted yet; need to update.
List of activities
- Weekly gettogethers with real Dutch 'gezelligheid' [some sort of cozyness] in one of the regions.
- Activities just for fun like soccer, beachvollyball, children's day and introduction meetings.
- Yearly events such as The Arierang Weekend, New Years Party and Watersports
Korea and adoption related activities and services
- Korea Information Markets co-organized with Shilla Travel, on which members get acquainted and informed about the possibilities of visiting their birth-country.
- Varying theme-discussions about roots traveling, searching for and meeting birthparents and adoption issues
- Korea Cooking Day, so we never forget the kimchi.
- Arierang offers for all members of IKAA free professional translation services on the basis of 'as is'.
- Uri Shinmun (our newspaper), a quarterly magazine under editorship of Arierang members. The editorship is not party of the BOD.
- Newsletter, sent out by email or postal mail
Arierang has as main purpose to be watchful of the interests of Korean adoptees in the Netherlands in the broadest-minded way.
Founded in 1991, Arierang has seen approximately about more than 1,000 Korean adoptees through the last 15 years. The first generation of Korean adoptees has reached the 40-ies and the youngest generation is still in their early childhood. Arierang has struggled with changing of board members many times and still depends on the unpaid volunteering efforts of her members. Furthermore, the financial position depends on the membership fees, donations and gifts. Many Korean adoptees in the Netherlands shared their experiences as a Korean adoptee with each other and made friends for life. Most important is, there is such an association as Arierang where Korean adoptees can meet any time when they want and when they reach that point in their life they start getting interested in discovering their Korean adoptee identity and decide to meet with other Korean adoptees.
Arierang supports research on adult adoptees and the importance of post adoption services on national and international level. Our extended network includes adoption-agencies, Korean companies and government bodies, research and counseling institutes and (inter)national adoptee associations. We also improve the visibility of adoptees in the Netherlands and their specific needs and circumstances by involvement in special art projects and finding media exposure.