Monday, January 26, 2009
From the Working Paper Series at the US-Korea Institute at SAIS: "Mapping Multiple Histories of Korean American Transnational Adoption," by Kim Park Nelson. In this paper, Prof. Park Nelson examines the socio-political history of Korean American transnational, transracial adoption, including the pull factors of America's demand for adoptable children and the social conditions and immigration policies which facilitated this exchange, as well as the relevance of this growing community of Korean Adoptees.
Kim Park Nelson is a scholar and educator of Korean adoption, Asian American Studies, American race relations, and American Studies. Between 2003 and 2006, she collected 73 oral histories from Korean adoptees in the United States and the around the world. She also developed and taught the first college course on Korean adoption in the United States. She is an assistant professor of American Multicultural Studies at Minnesota State University at Moorhead.