Popular Press

A listing of popular media on Korean Adoptees (and other transracial adoptees) in the U.S. and other related articles.


“A Personal Look at South Korea’s Long History of Adoptions” Agnes Dherbeys, MSNBC.com, February 12, 2015

“Adam Crapser’s Bizarre Deportation Odyssey” Maggie Jones, NY Times Magazine, April 1, 2015

“Adopting The Asian in ‘Caucasian’: Korean Adoptees and White Privilege” Hyphen Magazine, January 20, 2015

“Are Americans Who Adopt Asian Children Robbing Them of Their Actual Identities?” May Ballin, Thought Catalog, January 21, 2015

“Birth Mothers Living in Silence” Claire Lee, Korean Herald, January 28, 2015

“Black Kids in White Houses” Jen Grave, The Stranger, November 27, 2008

“Change in Korean Adoption Law Followed by More Abandoned Babies” Steven Borowiec, Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2013.

“English Asians Call for an End to “Gook Humour” Kultwatch, June 8, 2015.

“Experiencing Racism as a Transracial Adoptee (“Fresh off the Boat” Reminds Me that Context Matters)” Mila, Lost Daughters, February 17, 2015

“Four Things about Me My Birth Mother Should Know, and Four Questions For Her” Tori Lyn, Elite Daily, December 30, 2014

“How I Really Feel about My Chinese Heritage as an Adoptee” Mei Webb, Huff Post Teen, February 6, 2015

“In Korea, Adoptees Fight to Change Culture that Sent Them Overseas” Steve Haruch, NPR.org, September 9, 2014

“International Adoptees Create a New Sense of Community Together” Kaomi Goetz, NPR.org, May 10, 2015

“International Adoption: Lessons from Korea” PBS.org

“Olympics Block Flow of Korean Orphans to U.S.” Peter Leyden and David Bank, Sun Sentinel, August 14, 1988

“Opinion Divided on Merits of South Korean Pastor’s ‘Baby box'” Stephanie McDonald, SBS.com, March 2, 2015

“Overseas Adoptions Rise – For Black American Children” Sophie Brown, CNN, September 17, 2013

“Please Don’t Tell Me I was Lucky to be Adopted” Shaaren Pine, Washington Post, January 9, 2015

“Raised in America, Activists Lead Fight to End S. Korean Adoptions” Wilfred Chan, CNN, September 16, 2013

“South Korea Slows Export of Babies for Adoption” Tamar Lewin, NY Times, February 12, 1990

“South Korea’s Troubled Export: Babies for Adoption” Jon Herskovitz, Reuters, May 25, 2007

“The Forsaken: Portraits of Mixed-Race Orphans in Postwar Korea” David Kim, LIFE/Time, December 4, 2014

“The Hardest Part about Growing Up as a Transracial Adoptee” Anna Eldridge, HuffPost Teen, April 1, 2015

“The Parenting Dilemmas of Transracial Adoption” NPR.org, May 11, 2011.

“Three Black Adoptees Speak about Growing up with White Parents” Danielle C. Belton, The Root, January 27, 2015

“Why a Generation of Adoptees is Returning to South Korea” Maggie Jones, NY Times Magazine, January 14, 2015

“Adoptees Sought Their Roots, and Readers Reacted” Marie Tae McDermott, NY Times Insider, January 28, 2015  (response to “Why a Generation of Adoptees is Returning to South Korea”)

“White Parents, Becoming a Little Less White” Jack Cheng, NY Times, April 15, 2015

Writing on Transracial Adoption. 2006. Trenka, Jane Jeong, Julia Chinyere Oparah, and Sun Yung Shin. Brooklyn, NY: South End Press.

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