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Series on Korean Adoptees

Recently, The AWL presented a four-part series on adult Korean Adoptees.  The articles are extremely interesting as there were very honest stories from the many adults interviewed.  I would think that these articles would be eye-opening, and helpful to those who adopted internationally.

Part I: What’s Your Name?
This article covers what it’s like to be the person of color in a white community and why many of the adoptees wished to be white instead of Asian.  People assumed the adoptees knew things about their birth culture, but they did not, which was sometimes difficult.  Also, for most of those interviewed, it took quite a bit of time to become comfortable with their race/ethnicity.

Part II:  When Adoption Became Visible
This article covers how when these adults were adopted into their American families, they were assimilated into our culture.  They felt like they blended in with others when they were younger but at some point realized they were different and knew little of their birth culture.

Part III: Dating Inside and Out
This article covers the difficulties these Korean adoptees experienced while dating.  A lot them said they were more likely to be attracted to someone who was Caucasian.  This may stem from them feeling more hite than Asian.  Also, some of the women said that they had to be careful if the person dating them was truly interested in them or purely interested in dating a traditional Ţsian woman.                 

Part IV:  Return to the Motherland
This article describes the reasons why some Korean adoptees may want to travel back to their birth country.  Some did so by using Ůotherland Tours where they traveled with other Korean adoptees.  Once in Korea, many experienced for the first time not standing out in a crowd.  However, many felt like they did not fit in as they could not communicate, or did not look like a typical Korean.  There is sometimes the opportunity for the adoptees to meet their birth family.  This could be a positive or negative experience.  As emotional as the visits to their birth country was for most of the adoptees, most all recommended it for others to do.

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