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‘Someone’s Roots’: Gender, Rape, and Racialization in Korean American Adoption Narratives

  • Sandra Patton-Imani
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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)

Abstract

Mei Lin, a Korean American adoptee who grew up in Minneapolis, spent a semester of college abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. She did not search for her birth mother while there, but for Mei Lin, the trip was a search for ‘roots.’ The way she phrases this is interesting, however. She did not find her ‘own,’ but rather, ‘someone’s roots.’ She may be stepping back to analyze her life for the interview, but her use of language also suggests that she is articulating a larger story about adoption, race, and identity than is available in US public discourse.

Keywords

Asian Woman Racial Identity Life Story Adoptive Parent Race Socialization 
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© Sandra Patton-Imani 2014

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