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Boycott Blue Bayou Movie and Stand in Solidarity with Korean Adoptees

Why It’s Important to Value Someone Else’s Story

Nancy Blackman
15 min readOct 8, 2021

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Disclaimer: As a writer and blogger, I write about things that matter to me. These are purely my thoughts. I am a biracial Korean who acknowledges that Korea is not a large country and somewhere in every Korean’s ancestry, we are all family.

Korea was the first country to begin transnational adoptions, so when I hear stories of Korean adoptees, I know that we are connected. When those stories are heartbreaking, I want to stand up for them. I am not an adoptee, but I write this to advocate and give a voice for others to do the right thing.

To all adoptees who don’t have a country, my heart sees you. Even when you’re hiding from the world, my heart sees you.

Blue Bayou Alert: Justin Chon used one man’s painful story to make money. It’s not a new phenomenon, but it is an impostor scam. Don’t go see the movie. Please. In fact, I am asking you to stand in solidarity with Korean adoptees and boycott the Blue Bayou movie.

Here’s why: Anyone who knows Adam Crapser’s deportation story knows that though Justin Chon used the fictitious name of Antonio LeBlanc, the story of Antonio paralleled too closely to Adam’s. So, what’s the big deal? Adam states the problem in a public statement on Facebook.

Facebook post by Adam Crapser. Adam Crasper. Boycott Blue Bayou and Stand in Solidarity with Korean Adoptees by Nancy Blackman
Screenshot of Adam Crapser’s message on Facebook by Nancy Blackman

When someone denies their permission to use a photo and/or their story, it needs to be respected. I’m a writer, so I know that Creative Nonfiction was invented to skirt the issues of truth. The genre of Creative Nonfiction was probably invented to allow for the “fiction” of stories to be included, but where is the line drawn? I am rummaging through this thought as I write my own memoir. What is ok to add and what is not? How much permission do I need?

For whatever reason, Justin Chon did not respond to Adam after contacting him. He instead continued with writing the storyline of Blue Bayou. Let’s call it what it…

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Nancy Blackman

8X Top Writer. Editor. Writing Coach. Published in “Mixed Korean: Our Stories.” https://www.325kamra.org/buy.