Korean adoptees using DNA in search of their roots
Growing up in Berkeley, Bella Siegel-Dalton had only faint memories of her brief time in Korea — a goat, tied to the fence at the orphanage, and then her flight in 1966 to Oakland International Airport, where she met her adoptive family, who were of European descent.
In a new anthology, “Mixed Korean: Our Stories,” she poignantly writes about the brightness and the pain of her upbringing. The biological daughter of a white U.S. serviceman and a Korean mother, she was the only mixed-Asian person in school, and she and her family struggled. When her adoptive father, who suffered from untreated, undiagnosed bipolar disorder, tried to beat her, Siegel-Dalton left. At 13, she began living in group homes and foster care. Eventually, she joined the U.S. Coast Guard, married, and started a family . . .