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Disrupting KinshipTransnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States$
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Kimberly D. McKee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042287

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042287.001.0001

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Adoptees Strike Back

Adoptees Strike Back

Who Are You Calling Angry?

(p.123) Chapter 6 Adoptees Strike Back
Disrupting Kinship

Kimberly D. McKee

University of Illinois Press

The Internet provides adoptees new avenues to disrupt the traditional depiction of adoptees as children, recuperate their subjecthood, and instantly engage wider debates found in the transracial, international adoption community. This chapter examines how adult adoptees disrupted information disseminated by The New York Times and Minnesota Public Radio in 2007 and 2012, respectively, and explores the #BuildFamiliesNotBoxes hashtag that arose to critique the use of a baby box in Seoul, South Korea and The Drop Box (2014). Adoptees’ also adapt to new technological platforms as tools including memes for advocacy and activism. This chapter demonstrates how adoptees no longer just exist within the transnational adoption industrial complex; rather they have become change agents seeking to dismantle the transnational adoption industrial complex’s hold on adoption discourse.

Keywords:   Internet, Technology, Advocacy, Activism, The Drop Box, Minnesota Public Radio, The New York Times, adoption community, industrial complex, angry, baby box, memes

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