The “Unknown” Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now

“Adoptees”: We Are Not Who They Think We Are is a nonfiction social issues book written by Janine Myung Ja.

Want to know why so many adoptees no longer tolerate the business of adoption?

Reviewed By Jack Magnus:  “Janine was walking with her dad one afternoon in 2004 when she decided to bring up a subject she and her twin had been mulling over for some time now. They wanted to go to Korea on a quest to discover their birth family. The twins had been their father’s support system ever since his hang-glider accident in 1984 had left him with physical and mental issues, and they had always enjoyed a close and personal relationship with him, but Janine’s question brought him up short. He could not understand why his daughters would even consider such a quest. He didn’t like it, and he didn’t think their deceased step-mother would have liked it either. The Gathering in Seoul was too momentous an opportunity for Janine and Jenette to miss; however, they couldn’t help but wonder if their family, their birth parents, would be there looking for them.

Adoptees add a new dimension to the immigration issues that are so much in the papers these days. The author and her sister were among the thousands of kids who were taken from other cultures and brought to the United States on the premise that they were orphans, or from poor and illiterate families. Promises made to birth parents to be allowed contact with their children were broken for the most part, and requests like Janine’s were considered ungrateful and cold.

“Add to that the issue that many of these “orphans” who were adopted by US parents were never processed properly for citizenship and are currently under investigation by ICE. One of the adoptees described in this book was deported to Korea with no papers and no knowledge of the Korean language — and he was a US veteran.”

It’s hard not to get angry reading about the abuses perpetrated in the name of charity, the families shattered and the prevailing attitude that the door, once closed, should never be reopened — unless it’s a citizenship issue. Somehow, those kids and their families became the victims of an often for-profit industry. Janine Myung Ja addresses these and other issues most eloquently in this survey work. Adoptees: We Are Not Who They Think We Are is most highly recommended.”

 

Janine Myung Ja
The rEvolutionary “Adoptee” Collective

“Adoptees” we’re not who they think we are ebook available now.