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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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Meetings’ Aftermaths

Meetings’ Aftermaths

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Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This chapter presents ethnographies of first meetings between transnational adoptees and their birth families in South Korea via Ach'im madang, with particular emphasis on the outcomes of the family meetings. It considers the socioeconomic situation of the birth families as well as the future of the relationships in terms of sustained modes of relatedness. It suggests that transnational adoptees' subsequent meetings with their biological parents often take place without the knowledge of the spouse or the legitimate children. It also examines the kinship configurations of each birth family, and especially the status of birth mothers, as a determining factor of whether ongoing relationships are possible or not.

Keywords:   transnational adoptees, birth families, South Korea, Ach'im madang, family meetings, relatedness, biological parents, birth mothers

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