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1. Park, Jane J. Locating Korean American adoptees: race, emotion, and out-of-place subjectivity.
Degree: PhD, Anthropology, 2011, Rutgers University
Based on multi-site ethnographic methods and in-depth interviews, my dissertation explores identities and subjectivities of Korean American adoptees. Korean adoptee experiences of racial discrimination and the stigma of adoptee status enable their out-of-place subjectivity, indicating that a common identity can be constructed over the life course out of everyday mundane interactions. Drawing on methodology of Willis’ “ethnographic imagination” (2000), I examine mundane social interactions as ethnographic moments that engender and sustain out-of-place subjectivity. As Korean adoptees mature, shared experiences of being alienated and stigmatized intensify the affect that they feel toward each other. The affective identification that they feel provides the bases upon which they can build a lasting bond, an emotional kinship. This creation of bond is aided by spaces centered on adoptees, such as culture camps, adoptee gatherings, and heritage tours, where Korean adoptees meet and interact. I further analyze the sociocultural factors that give force to the adoptee bond, drawing on the concepts of “racial melancholia” (Eng and Han, 2000) and “haunting” (Gordon, 1997) to comprehend this unique emotional bond among Korean adoptees. In contrast to the iconic representations of Korean adoptees/Korean Americans in media as perpetual foreigners, Korean adoptees’ “stories” illustrate that they are just as much a product of varied American cultural milieus as anyone. As such, generational differences are found among Korean adoptees of varying age cohorts, deriving from historically different cultural discourses and practices, as well as changing sociocultural contexts in which international adoptions have taken place. By listening to adoptees from various life stages conceptualize their adoptee status and identity, this dissertation underscores the fact that adoptee identity is a product of complex process, emerging over the life course rather than a static category.Advisors/Committee Members: Park, Jane J. (author), Schein, Louisa (chair), Hodgson, Dorothy (internal member), Guarnaccia, Peter (internal member), Kim, Eleana (outside member).
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APA (6th Edition):
Park, J. J. (2011). Locating Korean American adoptees: race, emotion, and out-of-place subjectivity. (Doctoral Dissertation). Rutgers University. Retrieved from http://hdl.rutgers.edu/1782.1/rucore10001600001.ETD.000061435
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Park, Jane J. “Locating Korean American adoptees: race, emotion, and out-of-place subjectivity.” 2011. Doctoral Dissertation, Rutgers University. Accessed October 19, 2019. http://hdl.rutgers.edu/1782.1/rucore10001600001.ETD.000061435.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Park, Jane J. “Locating Korean American adoptees: race, emotion, and out-of-place subjectivity.” 2011. Web. 19 Oct 2019.
Park JJ. Locating Korean American adoptees: race, emotion, and out-of-place subjectivity. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Rutgers University; 2011. [cited 2019 Oct 19]. Available from: http://hdl.rutgers.edu/1782.1/rucore10001600001.ETD.000061435.
Council of Science Editors:
Park JJ. Locating Korean American adoptees: race, emotion, and out-of-place subjectivity. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Rutgers University; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.rutgers.edu/1782.1/rucore10001600001.ETD.000061435