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

SooJin Pate


Since the 1950s, more than 100,000 Korean children have been adopted by predominantly white Americans; they were orphans of the Korean War, or so the story went. But begin the story earlier, as this book does, and what has long been viewed as humanitarian rescue reveals itself as an exercise in expanding American empire during the Cold War. Transnational adoption was virtually nonexistent in Korea until U.S. military intervention in the 1940s. Currently it generates $35 million in revenue—an economic miracle for South Korea and a social and political boon for the United States. Rather than foc ... More

Keywords: Korean children, Korean War, transnational adoption, South Korea, U.S. militarism, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816683055
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

SooJin Pate, author