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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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Holt International Summer School or Three-Week Re-Koreanization (1999–2004)

Holt International Summer School or Three-Week Re-Koreanization (1999–2004)

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Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This chapter examines how South Korean society undertakes symbolic actions to integrate international adoptees as an ambiguous group that stands in between cultures. Focusing on Holt Children's Services' Holt International Summer School (HISS) of 1999–2004, it considers how adoptees' potential positive attributes are maximized and their negative attributes minimized through special education programs and ritualized performances. It also scrutinizes the television program Ach'im madang: kŭ sarami pogosip'ta (Morning talk show: I want to see this person again) to show that transnational adoptees occupy a middle-ground sociological status in Korea. Finally, it explains how transnational adoptees not only become members of the Korean diaspora through initiation and reeducation but also reproduce the diaspora by tacitly approving and taking part in the transnational adoption system.

Keywords:   transnational adoptees, South Korea, Holt Children's Services, Holt International Summer School, special education programs, television program, Ach'im madang, Korean diaspora, reeducation, transnational adoption

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