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APAHM 2013 Speaker Series: Eleana Kim

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Time: Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Multicultural Center Great Room, Ohio Union

Presented by the Institute for Korean Studies

Eleana Kim, Wilmot Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Rochester, will present a talk entitled: "Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging."

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 Korean 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 into the West, a growing number of adult adoptees have been returning to Korea to seek their cultural and biological origins. In this ethnography, Eleana J. Kim examines the history of Korean adoption, the emergence of a distinctive adoptee collective identity, and adoptee returns to South Korean modernity and globalization. 

This event is part of the 2013 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  For more information about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, please contact Annabelle Estera at estera.4@osu.edu or 614-688-8449.  Or, visit the Student Life Multicultural Center website at www.mcc.osu.edu. APAHM is presented by the Student Life Multicultural Center, Asian American Association, South Asian Student Association, and Asian American Studies.

Mitch Lerner
Institute for Korean Studies
lerner.26@osu.edu

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