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Meeting Once MoreThe Korean Side of Transnational Adoption$
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Elise M. Prébin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760260

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760260.001.0001

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Everyday Encounters

Everyday Encounters

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Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This chapter examines the construction of Korean adoptees as members of the all-encompassing diaspora in relation to everyday life when adoptees encounter South Koreans in the streets. Drawing on a series of impressionistic vignettes, it analyzes the pace of change in transnational adoptees' everyday reactions, opinions, and prejudices relative to political discourses in the national and international spheres. It also considers discourses on all categories of ethnic Koreans that include transnational adoptees, orphans, and emigrants and form a hierarchy based on their degree of Koreanness. Finally, it explores how the positive official discourse about the Korean diaspora is reflected in people's attitudes toward either transnational adoptees or emigrants' children.

Keywords:   everyday life, South Korea, transnational adoptees, ethnic Koreans, orphans, emigrants, Koreanness, Korean diaspora

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