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Meeting Once More: The Korean Side of Transnational Adoption

Elise M. Prébin


A great mobilization began in South Korea in the 1990s: adult transnational adoptees began to return to their birth country and meet for the first time with their birth parents—sometimes in televised encounters which garnered high ratings. What makes the case of South Korea remarkable is the sheer scale of the activity that has taken place around the adult adoptees' return, and by extension the national significance that has been accorded to these family meetings. Informed by the author's own experience as an adoptee and two years of ethnographic research in Seoul, as well as an analysis of th ... More

Keywords: transnational adoption, family meetings, television program, birth parents, transnational adoptees, birth families, kinship, migration, South Korea, media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814760260
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814760260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elise M. Prébin, author