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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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Stories behind History

Stories behind History

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Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This chapter explores the relationship between birth parents and adopted children in the context of transnational adoption and the return of transnational adoptees in the birth parents' lives. Focusing on the narratives of Ach'im madang participants who look for their parents or who seek a lost sibling on behalf of their parents, it considers how transnational adoption became the rule after the Korean War. It also examines how the older participants were separated from their parents in a few different ways known as “practices of separation,” which are related to what social anthropologists referred to as “child circulation.” Finally, it discusses family ties involving transnational adoptees and their birth parents within the context of Confucius's notion of kinship.

Keywords:   birth parents, adopted children, transnational adoption, transnational adoptees, Ach'im madang, practices of separation, child circulation, family ties, Confucius, kinship

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