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Racialized MediaThe Design, Delivery, and Decoding of Race and Ethnicity$
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Matthew W. Hughey and Emma González-Lesser

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479811076

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479811076.001.0001

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Reframing Adoptee Narratives

Reframing Adoptee Narratives

Korean-Adoptee Identity and Culture in Twinsters and aka SEOUL

(p.173) 9 Reframing Adoptee Narratives
Racialized Media

SunAh M. Laybourn

NYU Press

Very public transnational, transracial adoptions by celebrities and the inclusion of transnational, transracial adoption in prime-time television sitcoms make this form of family making increasingly visible. Yet the majority of representations privilege the adoptive parent’s point of view. Drawing on two recent Korean-adoptee-created media, the Netflix documentary Twinsters (2015) and NBC Asian America’s docuseries akaSEOUL (2016), this chapter examines how adoptee-centered media converge with and diverge from traditional renderings of transnational adoption. In doing so, these media provide not only new portrayals of transnational, transracial adoptees but also new conceptions of Asian and Korean American racial, ethnic, and familial identities.

Keywords:   adoption, Korean adoptee, transnational adoption, transracial adoption, media, family

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