9780822346951-0822346958-Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging

Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging

ISBN-13: 9780822346951
ISBN-10: 0822346958
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Kim, Eleana J.
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 344 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780822346951
ISBN-10: 0822346958
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Kim, Eleana J.
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 344 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kim, Eleana J. wrote Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging comprising 344 pages back in 2010. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0822346958 and 9780822346951. Since then Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.30 or rent at the marketplace.

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Since the end of the Korean War, an estimated 200,000 children from South Korea have been adopted into white families in North America, Europe, and Australia. While these transnational adoptions were initiated as an emergency measure to find homes for mixed-race children born in the aftermath of the war, the practice grew exponentially from the 1960s through the 1980s. At the height of South Korea’s “economic miracle,” adoption became an institutionalized way of dealing with poor and illegitimate children. Most of the adoptees were raised with little exposure to Koreans or other Korean adoptees, but as adults, through global flows of communication, media, and travel, they have come into increasing contact with each other, Korean culture, and the South Korean state. Since the 1990s, as Korean children have continued to leave to be adopted in the West, a growing number of adult adoptees have been returning to Korea to seek their cultural and biological origins. In this fascinating ethnography, Eleana J. Kim examines the history of Korean adoption, the emergence of a distinctive adoptee collective identity, and adoptee returns to Korea in relation to South Korean modernity and globalization. Kim draws on interviews with adult adoptees, social workers, NGO volunteers, adoptee activists, scholars, and journalists in the U.S., Europe, and South Korea, as well as on observations at international adoptee conferences, regional organization meetings, and government-sponsored motherland tours.

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