Lee was born in Busan, South Korea.
At four months old, an American family adopted him.
He spent majority of his life in Harrisburg, PA.
After graduating from college in 2007, he started his career working for the government.
At first, he had no interest in learning about the country he was born in or the Korean culture. His family attempted throughout his life to expose him to Korean culture.
However, everything changed when he attended a conference in 2010.
In 2010, Lee attended a Korean adoptees conference in Harrisburg, PA. It opened his eyes to adoption and a desire to learn more about his history.
In 2011, he returned to Korea for the first time since being adopted. Getting a chance to tour Busan, his birth city, along with the entire country was something that he will never forget. For the first time in a long time, he was able to fit in as he walked the streets.
When he returned home, he developed an interest to learn as much as he could about Korea and desire to expose himself to as much Korean culture as possible.
He joined local adoptee groups and even served on the board of a local Korean organization. This newfound interest in Korean culture eventually led to meeting his wife, also a Korean adoptee, at a conference in New York.
Lee's adoption story is not a unique one. So many Korean adoptee stories fall along the same lines.
He has never met his birth family or even initiated a search. He feels extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to watch how his wife, Whitney, interacts with her birth family. Seeing this firsthand gives him a desire to search for his own birth family.
He struggles with the fact that doing a search could lead to rejection, and never having what Whitney and her birth family have.
For Lee, just having the opportunity to control if and when he wants to search is enough in comparison to searching and being rejected if his birth family does not want to meet him.