When it came to talking about his birth family and adoption, he says the Walshes always explained the story extremely well and in a positive light. “They always kind of talked about my eomma [the Korean word for ‘mom’] as a hero, sort of as a very unselfish person,” he explains to A Plus. “[My parents would say,] ‘She loved you so much, that she sent you here so you can have this food you’re eating, so you can be warm at night.’ That kind of thing.”
Though Walsh had not been actively seeking members of his birth family, an unexpected journey led him to them anyway. In the summer of 2008, he began dating a Korean woman he’d met in the States. When her six-month visa ran out, he decided to visit her in Korea where he randomly came across Holt Adoption agency — the agency he had been adopted through.