Jane Jeong Trenka's Fugitive Visions: A Memoir defies simple categorization. It is at once a personal memoir of her sixth return to Korea as a newly-divorced Korean adoptee; a poetic ethnography of the collective experiences of returning Korean international adoptees who chose to live in Korea on a long-term basis in the twenty-first century; and a call for recognition of the racism and violence experienced by Korean adoptees in the diaspora as well as in Korea. Since 1953, approximately 200,000 Korean children have been sent to the United States for adoption and another 50,000 to Europe, comprising “the first mass wave of international, interracial adoptions ever on the planet, the forerunner of all those that have since become commonplace” (Bettijane Levine, “For Orphans of the Forgotten War, the Past Is Shrouded in Questions,” Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2000, pp. E1, E3). The numerical size and geographical scope of...
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Book Review| February 01 2012
Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea
Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea. By Jane Jeong Trenka.
Saint Paul, Minn.:
2009. 192 pp. $16.00 (paper).
Journal of Asian Studies (2012) 71 (1): 279–281.
Catherine Ceniza Choy; Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea. Journal of Asian Studies 1 February 2012; 71 (1): 279–281. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911811002786
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