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This ebook illuminates the hidden historical past of South Korean beginning moms eager about the 60-year-long perform of transnational adoption. the writer offers a performance-based ethnography of maternity houses, a tv seek show,an net discussion board, and an oral heritage assortment to strengthen the idea that of digital mothering, a theoretical framework during which the beginning moms' reviews of isolating from, after which reconnecting with, the kid, in addition to their painful,ambivalent narratives of adoption losses, are rendered, felt and registered. during this, the writer refuses a common suggestion of motherhood. Her critique of transnational adoption and its relentless results on delivery moms’ lives issues to the typical, normalized, gendered violence opposed to working-class, negative, unmarried moms in South Korea’s sleek geographical region improvement and illuminates the biopolitical services of transnational adoption in dealing with an "excess" inhabitants. concurrently, her artistic research finds a counter-public, and counter-history, presenting the collective grievances of delivery moms.

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3. See Ann Anagnost, “Scenes of Misrecognition: Maternal Citizenship in the Age of Transnational Adoption,” Positions 8, no. 2 (2000): 389-421; Sara Dorow: Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender, & Kinship (New York: New York University Press, 2006); Christine W. Gailey, “Race, Class, and Gender in Intercountry Adoption in the USA,” in Intercountry Adoption: Developments, Trends, and Perspectives, ed. D. , Stockholm University, 2005); Eleana Kim, Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010); Arissa Oh, “A New Kind of Missionary Work: Christians, Christian Americanists, and the Adoption of Korean GI Babies, 1955–1961,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 33, no.

Com/definition/english/virtual) 30. Yngvesson, Belonging in an Adopted World, 13. 31. Ibid. 32. Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002). 30 H. KIM 33. To contemplate such dynamisms and the configuration that affects circulate and forge between bodies—both human and technological—it is important to understand the body in terms of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s concept of “assemblage” by which they postulate a radical configuration of the body, its boundaries, and its becoming from an epistemological perspective.

In summer 2008, I went back, just to tell her that her contribution to my dissertation research had been vital, and to thank her in person. She then updated me about her life, telling me how she had gotten involved in advocacy work for transnational adoptees and single mothers. Meeting her, once again, and listening to her passion for adoptee justice work compelled me to resume what I had left undone in the first phase of my data collection. From July 2010 to January 2012, I investigated maternity homes and collected oral histories from 16 birth mothers, whose ages ranged from 21 to 70, at the time of the interview.

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