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Dr. Isidore Lobnibe

Abstract

This paper examines the social location and conflicting identities of Korean American adoptees often referred to as KADs. Utilizing participant observation and interviews conducted in South Korea, the author discusses how Confucian ideology, which stresses consanguineal relations, affects and shapes the ways in which the Korean government and society view KADs in the context of international adoption. The author also draws upon personal field experiences in South Korea to highlight the expectations placed upon KADs in a Korean context, and how this can result in identity confusion and reconfiguration upon their return to a country that has been historically ashamed of them.

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