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Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States

Kimberly D. McKee


Interacting with Cold War ideology, individuals’ Christian Americanism supported the notion that Korean adoptees would enter “good homes” in a democratic society. Many children felt the brunt of this rhetoric as they were told adoption was in their “best interests” and that if not adoption, they would have fallen through the cracks of economic poverty and degradation in the land of their birth. In doing so, rhetorics of gratitude became cemented in international adoption discourse. This book exposes the growth of the transnational adoption industrial complex (TAIC)—the neo-colonial, multi-mill ... More

Keywords: Cold War, Christian Americanism, Korean adoption, adoption, South Korea, gratitude, industrial complex, orphans, immigration, family, kinship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042287
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly D. McKee, author
Grand Valley State University