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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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Stratification and Homogeneity at the Korean Broadcasting System (2003)

Stratification and Homogeneity at the Korean Broadcasting System (2003)

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Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This chapter examines how Korean adoptees are reintegrated in their birth country by focusing on the Korean Broadcasting System's television program Ach'im madang and its narrative on family separation—and by extension on transnational adoption. In particular, it considers the televised family meetings and shows that even if some participants cannot find their relatives after their appearance on Ach'im madang, they are still somewhat reintegrated within South Korean society via the program hosts' discourses on physical resemblances. The chapter suggests that Ach'im madang's organization included transnational adoptees in a hierarchy South Koreans could relate to and conferred on them a social status superior to that of Korean orphans or domestic adoptees.

Keywords:   television program, Ach'im madang, family separation, transnational adoption, family meetings, South Korea, transnational adoptees, social status, Korean Broadcasting System

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