A Story with a Happy Ending?
The Post-Reunion Experiences of Transnational Korean Adoptees, Birth Mothers, and Adoptive Mothers
How do Korean adoptees in the United States begin their journey to search for their birth mothers, and what happens at the end of their journey? Is their reunion “a story with a happy ending?”
SINA LEE, PhD Candidate, Women’s Studies
University of Maryland
Thursday, April 25
Lee examines the journeys undertaken by transnational Korean adoptees who seek reunion with their birth mothers (and other family members) and their post-reunion experiences in South Korea. Through an appreciation of these encounters, Lee argues that we need to hear the voices of those whose lives have been affected by transnational adoption, move beyond the binary approach (altruism vs. imperialism), and thus complicate the theoretical debates about transnational adoption.