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Framed by War: Korean Children and Women at the Crossroads of US Empire

Susie Woo


Korean women and children have become the forgotten population of a forgotten war. Framed by War traces how the Korean orphan, GI baby, adoptee, birth mother, prostitute, and bride—figures produced by the US military—were made to disappear. Strained embodiments of war, they brought Americans into Korea and Koreans into America, intimate crossings that defined, and at times defied, US empire in the Pacific. The book looks to US and South Korean government documents and military correspondence; US aid organization records; Korean orphanage registers; US and South Korean newspapers and magazines; ... More

Keywords: Korean War, Cold War, US empire, US militarization, orphans, transnational adoption, mixed-race children, military brides, prostitution, humanitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479889914
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479889914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susie Woo, author
California State University, Fullerton