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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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(p.177) Conclusion
Meeting Once More

Elise Prébin

NYU Press

This book has explored a crucial aspect of the transnational adoption process: the moment of recognition and reaffirmation of ties between children and their birth families. It has shown how transnational adoptees who return to South Korea are given the means—by both adoptive and birth countries—to create relatedness with their birth families; this relatedness is made possible by globalization. This concluding chapter ties together the themes laid out throughout the book and broadens the scope of the study beyond the South Korean side of transnational adoption as it relates to kinship and media. It considers other scholarly works that focus on other countries and common themes such as the globalization of kinship, the politics of reproduction, and the idea of return—in the hope of inspiring further research on transnational adoption in birth countries.

Keywords:   transnational adoption, birth families, transnational adoptees, South Korea, relatedness, globalization, kinship, reaffirmation, reproduction, recognition

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