Listening to Adult Adoptees

by Terra Trevor A Lesson for Adoptive Parents Often it takes place within a discussion on an adoption e-list. Recently it happened again at a breakout session at an adoption conference. My friend Jennifer sits down across from me and begins talking with an adoptive mother. Both Jennifer and the woman’s 11-year-old daughter are adopted from Korea. “Where did you grow up, and what about the guys you date?” The mother asks, looking over the tops of her reading glasses. She raises her eyebrows. “Do you go out with Asians?” Jennifer freezes. She sighs and shrugs her shoulders, her expression so dramatically changes across her face like a rain cloud

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Korea Adoption

Historical Context of Korean Adoption The Republic of Korea (ROK) better known as South Korea is located on the Korean peninsula down from China. South Korea is bordered on the north by North Korea. It’s southern tip is only separated by a few miles of ocean from Japan. Korea is cold in the winter and hot and humid during the summer. Technologically advanced, Korea’s economy has grown exponentially since its destruction during the Korean War in the 1950’s. In the last fifty years, Korea has changed rapidly from a country based on farming and villages to one where most of its 50 million people live in cities. It now has

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