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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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Shift in South Korean Policies toward Korean Adoptees (1954–Today)

Shift in South Korean Policies toward Korean Adoptees (1954–Today)

(p.21) 1 Shift in South Korean Policies toward Korean Adoptees (1954–Today)
Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This chapter examines the shift in South Korean policies toward Korean adoptees and in public opinion about transnational adoption in the country since 1954. It begins by tracing the history of transnational adoption from Korea, with particular emphasis on the work of one of the four main adoption agencies in South Korea, Holt Children's Services. It then considers how South Korean representations of transnational adoptees changed from negative to positive over time in official discourses owing to the globalization of Korea and the construction of the Korean diaspora. It shows how globalization has paved the way for Korean babies and children, who were sent to transnational adoption on the basis of their invalid family ties that denied them the status of person, to return to their birth country.

Keywords:   transnational adoption, South Korea, Holt Children's Services, transnational adoptees, globalization, Korean diaspora, Korean adoptees

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