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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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Evolving Relationship with my Birth Family

Evolving Relationship with my Birth Family

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(p.133) 8 Evolving Relationship with my Birth Family
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Meeting Once More
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Elise Prébin

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814760260.003.0009

In this chapter, the author reflects on her ongoing relationship with her birth family, from 1999 to the present, to illustrate the types of family that favorable conditions may allow, years after the initial meetings between transnational adoptees and their birth families. In particular, she examines possibilities of relatedness for transnational adoptees and their birth families. She shares how a comfortable routine set in within her paternal family each time she returned to South Korea, even though it was not the case with her maternal family. She cites the uneasy exchange of gifts with her maternal relatives, compared with the carefree generosity and constant giving and receiving on her paternal side. The author also recounts her relatives' strong interest in her marriage prospects and plans and concludes by discussing the difficulties encountered by transnational adoptees and their Korean birth families.

Keywords:   transnational adoptees, birth families, relatedness, South Korea, relatives, marriage

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