When South Korean R&B Singer Insooni recently held a concert in Seoul in support families with multicultural backgrounds and to raise awareness of children of mixed-race she had a surprise visitor. Former U.S. president George W. Bush sat in the crowd for the entire show and after the concert, he went to the reception room to greet her and present her with a bouquet of flowers.
The concert was sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Korea of which Insooni is a director. The foundation was founded by Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, 1892 - 1973 who was outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable. She established Welcome House, the first international, inter-racial adoption agency and later the foundation, which provides sponsorship funding for thousands of children in half-a-dozen Asian countries.
Insooni who is mixed-race herself, has been one of the most vocal supporters of the work of the foundation and this year started her own concert to raise awareness.
Former president Bush was in Korea for personal reasons. He has worked closely with the foundation in the past and is said to have taken a special interest in the concert after hearing Insooni’s father was a former U.S. soldier and wanted to meet her.