In a society that prides itself on rapid technological progress and embracing modernity, it’s striking how resistant certain facets of South Korea remain towards change, particularly when it concerns societal norms. The poignant story of Kim Kyu Jin, Korea’s first openly lesbian mother, exemplifies this split. Kim’s journey to motherhood began with a simple conversation during lunch at her workplace in France. The candidness of her boss’s question about her plans for motherhood seemed mundane in France but was revelatory for Kim. Why couldn’t she, a gay woman, consider motherhood just as naturally in her home country?