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What's your name? Where are you from? Even young children have answers to these questions. But for Korean-born filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem, the answers were elusive, catalyzing a journey through her past to a new understanding of family. The journey on which she embarks to find the answers, First Person Plural, is an intensely personal and moving film that chronicles Borshay’s efforts to reconcile her life as the adopted daughter of a loving American family with her previously unknown life in Korea.
On March 3, 1966, a frightened little girl arrived in San Francisco from Korea and into the arms of Arnold and Alveen Borshay. After two years of sponsoring a child by sending $15 a month to the Foster Parent's Plan, the couple had decided to adopt the girl they knew as Cha Jung Hee. In time, the girl, renamed Deann Borshay, adapted to her new life. The Borshays were a warm and accepting family. “From the moment you came here,” says Deann’s older sister, Denise, “you were my sister and we were your family and that was it.” Adds her brother, Duncan, “You don’t have the family eyes, but I don’t care. You've got the family smile.”
Although she was living the all -American life - being a cheerleader, going to the promundefinedas she grew older, long-forgotten memories of her life in Korea began to resurface; memories that didn't jell with the facts of her adoption. These memories lead Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Borshay Liem's heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities. "