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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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Management of Feelings

Management of Feelings

(p.151) 9 Management of Feelings
Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This chapter explores the possible meanings of family meetings that do not lead to sustained relationships and why birth parents decide to meet their children even if their familial configuration is not conducive to the maintenance of such ties. Focusing on Ach'im madang and its emphasis on meetings between transnational adoptees and their birth families, the chapter asks why such meetings are considered the “best” meetings and why people separate after meeting. It argues that helping separated relatives to find one another and to meet properly is an important element of social welfare in South Korea. It also explains how the television program managed the emotions of adopted children to relieve Korean parents' uneasy feelings.

Keywords:   family meetings, birth parents, Ach'im madang, transnational adoptees, birth families, social welfare, South Korea, television program, emotions, feelings

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