Adopted territory: transnational Korean adoptees and the politics of belonging [Book review]

Gehrmann, Richard (2015) Adopted territory: transnational Korean adoptees and the politics of belonging [Book review]. Intersections (37).


This records the experience of Korean-born adult adoptees, a significant global community of over 200,000 people living primarily in the United States, but with members located worldwide. The global community of intercountry adoptees represents a migration of children from the global South to the global North, and Kim examines the historical framework of this adoption process that began following the devastation of the Korean War. The arrival and settlement of child adoptees with their new family is considered, as is the development of bi-cultural identity and the phenomena of revisiting the country of origin on adulthood. This account realigns established images away from the Hollywood hype, and away from images of the adoptee as a rescued victim orphan, and instead presents adoptees as adults making their own life choices. The post Cold War era of globalisation is sometimes referred to as a borderless world, and the experience of intercountry adoptees constitutes part of this discourse.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 04:45
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: intercountry adoption, South Korea, transnational, identity, migration, borderless world
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160303 Migration
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9403 International Relations > 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified

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