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Engaging and Reflecting: Dancing with a Racial Identity and Transracial Adoptee Identity

John D. Palmer

in The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter presents the stories of adoptees as they discovered their racial and/or transracial adoptee identities. After awakening to the realization that they were in the midst of two cultures ... More


Questioning What I Have Done: Dancing with Tensions, Conflicts, and Contradictions

John D. Palmer

in The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter delves into the many issues that arise when the Korean adoptees explored and reflected on their multiple identities—namely their White cultural, racial, and transracial adoptee ... More


Opening Pandora’s Box: Dancing in Between and Nowhere at All

John D. Palmer

in The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter explores the moments when the adoptees' views on race and racism were shattered. In particular, the adoptees discuss how they came to realize the contradictions of their colorblind ... More


Empowering Identities: Dancing with Empowerment and Executing Social Change

John D. Palmer

in The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The previous chapters illustrated how the participants' identity journeys ultimately led some to gain empowered identities. This chapter discusses in further detail the characteristics of these ... More


Reframing Adoptee Narratives: Korean-Adoptee Identity and Culture in Twinsters and aka SEOUL

SunAh M. Laybourn

in Racialized Media: The Design, Delivery, and Decoding of Race and Ethnicity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479811076
eISBN:
9781479807826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479811076.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Very public transnational, transracial adoptions by celebrities and the inclusion of transnational, transracial adoption in prime-time television sitcoms make this form of family making increasingly ... More


Dance of Identities

John D. Palmer

in The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter offers an introduction to the present study on the diverse experiences and critical reflections of Korean adoptees. The study's theoretical framework was established from the author's ... More


Challenging the Official Story of Korean Adoption

Soojin Pate

in From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683055
eISBN:
9781452948980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683055.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This book provides alternative genealogies of Korean adoption and the children involved: the orphan and the adoptee. It locates Korean adoption within the context of U.S. militarization and ... More


Wanting to Be Like White: Dancing with a White Cultural Identity

John D. Palmer

in The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter illustrates how and why Korean adoptees assimilated to a White cultural identity, especially during the childhood and adolescent years. Assimilation came naturally, as the majority was ... More


“I Wanted My Head to be Removed”: The Limits of Normativity

Soojin Pate

in From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683055
eISBN:
9781452948980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683055.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter articulates that the figure of the Korean adoptee—upon entrance into his or her new American family—documents the excesses, limits, and contradictions of Korean adoption as a project of ... More


Shift in South Korean Policies toward Korean Adoptees (1954–Today)

Elise Prébin

in Meeting Once More: The Korean Side of Transnational Adoption

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814760260
eISBN:
9780814764961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814760260.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the shift in South Korean policies toward Korean adoptees and in public opinion about transnational adoption in the country since 1954. It begins by tracing the history of ... More


Linking the Dance of Identities Theory to Life Experiences

John D. Palmer

in The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter argues that transracial adoptees, parents and adoption agencies, and social justice activists and educators should become more aware of the need to engage in an identity journey. It then ... More


The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment

John D. Palmer

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833718
eISBN:
9780824870423
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Korean adoptees have a difficult time relating to any of the racial identity models because they are people of color who often grew up in white homes and communities. When Korean adoptees attempt to ... More


Taiko Scenarios: Performing Asian America in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Angela K. Ahlgren

in Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780199374014
eISBN:
9780199374052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199374014.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The Minneapolis-based taiko group Mu Daiko challenges notions of Minnesota as uniformly white and ideas about Asian America as a coastal phenomenon. The chapter uses ethnographic interviews, ... More


Conclusion: Broken Family Frames

Susie Woo

in Framed by War: Korean Children and Women at the Crossroads of US Empire

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781479889914
eISBN:
9781479845712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479889914.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

The conclusion centers upon the legacies of US empire. The immigration of Korean adoptees and military brides to the United States, now numbering over 250,000 combined, evinces the paths of migration ... More


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