Vice’s Jay Caspian Kang followed the story of one 41-year-old Korean American adoptee who was deported after living 37 years in the U.S.:

When Shin Song Hyuk was 3 years old, an American couple in Detroit adopted him and moved him from South Korea to the United States. His new family changed his name to Adam, but they didn’t fill out the forms guaranteeing citizenship for international adoptees. This meant Adam was in effect an undocumented immigrant.

Nobody knows how many international adoptees grow up undocumented due to negligence or clerical errors, but given the difficulties adopted children often have, many of them end up in trouble with the law, which can in turn lead to deportation to homelands they do not remember and cultures that are completely foreign to them.

South Korean adoptee Adam Crapser poses with his 1-year-old daughter, Christal, in the family’s living room in Vancouver, Wash., in 2015. (Photo via Gosia Wozniacka/AP)

Check out the full video above. And check out our original post about Adam Crapser via AsAmNews here.


  1. “He was convicted of domestic violence. Another misogynistic Asian male. He should be deported and replaced by an immigrant from Europe.” -Auntie Chan