October 21, 2008 10:35
Korean-born academics who were adopted by Americans will attend a symposium titled "From Global to Glocal: The Future of American Studies" by the American Studies Association of Korea at Seoul National University to discuss adoption, still something of a taboo subject in Korea.
In a session titled "Korean Adoptee" on Friday, Eleana Kim (University of Rochester) will give a talk under the heading "Beyond Motherlands and Mother Love: Figuring Korean Adoptees in Global Korea," and Kim Park Nelson (Minnesota State University) under the heading "Uri Nara, Our Country: Global and Translocal Communities of Korean American Adoptees." They will describe how, based on their own experience, foreign adoptees who return to their motherland experience identity transformations through their new daily life.
ASAK president Kim Seong-kon said adoption, along with globalization, diaspora and immigration, has emerged as key topics in the culture review and theory field for the last three or four years.
The ASAK is a nationwide academic society whose members include American specialists in politics, economics, history, and culture.
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