Tales of Wonderlost

I'm a Korean-American adoptee living in Seoul, just finished my MA in Anthropology (yes, i took all of my classes in Korean TT). In my spare time, I volunteer at two great organizations: Korean Unwed Mothers' Families Association (KUMFA) and the Women's Global Solidarity Action Network (WGSAN) - a group that works on various issues, including with the survivors of military sexual slavery during WWII ("Comfort Women"). I also love cooking and baking and going to the noraebang ^^ To make a monthly donation to the Korean Unwed Mothers' Families Association, please click below!!
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the article above is definitely worth a read if you’re interested at all in the political and economic systems that are tied up in overseas adoption.  

it’s also here in korean, if that’s more convenient: http://member.pressian.com/article/article.asp?article_num=60070513075925&section=03

i once had a conversation with an old coworker about why i thought korea’s overseas adoption industry was problematic and he answered with, “yea, it’s bad but don’t you think korea’s economic development would’ve been impossible without it?” as if this was a DEFENSE of the adoption industry… instead of an argument to condemn the actions of a state that prioritized economic agendas over the welfare of its citizens. i gave up on the discussion then because i realized that if we couldn’t come to a consensus about the duty that a government has to provide for and protect its citizens (especially its most vulnerable ones - children), then we’d likely not be able to find a common ground anywhere else either. 

i read another really great article about adoption from a feminist view, i’ll try to track that one down and post it later.

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    speaking of PK, here’s another old article that he wrote that explains concisely why the adoption program in korea...
  5. dustoffvarnya said: Wow, fuck that coworker…ugh.