A testament to the more than 100,000 Korean adoptees who have come to the United States since the 1950s, this collection of oral histories features the stories of nine Korean Americans who were adopted as children and the struggles they’ve shared as foreigners in their native lands. From their early confrontations with racism and xenophobia to their later-in-life trips back to Korea to find their roots (with mixed results), these narratives illustrate the wide variety of ways in which all adoptive parents and adopteesnot just those from Koreamust struggle with issues of identity, alienation, and family.
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As the grandparent of a young grand-daughter adopted a year ago from China, I found this book to be highly informative, and have passed it on to my daughter and her husband. The book brings home, through the poignant words of the adoptees and the sensitive treatment of the authors how important it is for families adopting from other cultures to expose their adopted child to the culture of origin and to encourage the child to explore his/her origins, even if the biological parents cannot be identified. I highly recommend it to prospective parents who are considering cross-cultural adoptions as well as to the current parents of such children.
What a heartwarming book. As a parent of 2 adopted children, I needed help to try and understand some of the heartaches these young children were going through growing up.Some as adults are still struggling with many of the issues. My heart aches as a parent because we do not know how to protect our children from that pain nor how to take it away except through continuous love. Thank you all for sharing those precious feelings. I now know we are not all alone on this journey and now I hope my children will as well as I share this book with them. This book is a must read for parents and adoptees.
The author and the people who contributed to this book were accessible. I have spoken with two of the contributors (I lived with one of them) and met the author in person. These are very real people with very real stories.
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