Korean Adoptee Cultural Production

During the 1990s, Korean adoptees began forming online and in-person networking groups, enabled by the mass availability of the Internet. Today, many of those adoptee groups are still in existence. In addition to Korean adoptee groups, which facilitate adoptees’ understanding about their racial, ethnic, and adoptee identities and create a global network of Korean adoptees, Korean adoptees create various forms of media reflecting their adoptee experiences. These artistic forms include books, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and documentaries to name a few.

Together these various forms of Korean adoptee cultural production both reflect and shape the boundaries of a Korean adoptee community and culture. They also highlight how Korean adoptees have come to understand who they are in relation to their family, community, and nation(s). Unlike early predictions that Korean adoptees would quietly assimilate into their (white) American families and communities, Korean cultural production challenges these assimilation expectations.

Below I highlight some examples of Korean adoptee cultural production. While the list is not exhaustive it does provide a starting point for people who want to understand more about Korean adoptee experiences and issues shaping the Korean adoptee community.

Books

Blogs, Vlogs, and Podcasts

Documentaries

  • Borshay Liem, Deann. 2000. First Person Plural
  • Borshay Liem, Deann. 2010. In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
  • Borshay Liem, Deann. 2016. Geographies of Kinship 
  • Twinsters available on Netflix
  • akaDAN
  • akaSeoul
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