Writings on Transracial Korean Adoption: A Bibliography for Adult Readers

This bibliography provides resources regarding the history, politics and experiences of transracially adopted Korean persons. Many works exist on “how to adopt” and “how to parent your adopted child,” and they often overshadow the voices and thoughts of adult adopted Koreans and their allies. Thus, the main purpose of this bibliography is to provide resources, mostly from the perspectives of adopted Korean themselves, that might be easily found in a public library or on the Internet.

  • Bergquist, Kathleen Ja Sook, Elizabeth Vonk, Dong Soo Kim, and Marvin D. Feit, eds. 2007. International Korean Adoption: A Fifty-Year History of Policy and Practice. New York: The Haworth Press.
  • Bishoff, Tonya and Jo Rankin, eds. 1997. Seeds From a Silent Tree: An Anthology by Korean Adoptees. San Diego: Pandal Press.
  • Clement, Thomas Park. 1998. The Unforgotten War (Dust of the Streets).
  • Cox, Susan Soon-Keum, ed. 1999. Voices From Another Place: A Collection of Works From a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries. St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company.
  • Dorow, Sara, ed. 1999. I Wish For You a Beautiful Life: Letters From the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children. St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company.
  • Freundlich, Madelyn, and Joy Kim Lieberthal. June 2000. The Gathering of the First Generation of Adult Korean Adoptees: Adoptees’ Perceptions of International Adoption. New York: The Evan B. Donaldson Institute. [http://uskoreainstitute.org/publications/working-paper-series/the-korean-diaspora/korean-adoptees/]
  • Hübinette, Tobias. 2006. Comforting an Orphaned Nation: Representations of International Adoption and Adopted Koreans in Korean Popular Culture. Korean Studies. 32nd ed. Seoul: Jimoondang.
  • Kim, Elizabeth. 2000. Ten Thousand Sorrows: The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan. New York: Doubleday.
  • Kim, Jae Ran. Harlow’s Monkey: Experiencing the Social Experiment of Transracial and Transnational Adoption. [http://harlowmonkey.typepad.com]
  • Oparah, Julia Chinyere, Sun Yung Shin, and Jane Jeong Trenka, eds. 2006. Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Cambridge: South End Press.
  • Park Nelson, Kim. 2009. Mapping Multiple Histories of Korean American Transnational Adoption. US Korea Institute. [http://uskoreainstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/USKI_WP_0901.pdf]
  • Register, Cheri. 2005. Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children. St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company.
  • Robinson, Katy. 2002. A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search For Her Roots. New York: Berkeley Books.
  • Trenka, Jane Jeong. 2009. Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee’s Return to Korea. St. Paul: Graywolf Press.
  • Trenka, Jane Jeong. 2003. The Language of Blood: A Memoir. Minnesota: Borealis Books.
  • Trenka, Jane Jeong. TRACK: Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea. [http://justicespeaking.wordpress.com/]
  • Wilkinson, Sook, and Nancy Fox, eds. 2002. After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees. Rancho Santa Fe: Sunrise Ventures.

Created by Sarah Park, Ph.D, for LIS510 Adult Public Services, a course in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. Questions and comments may be directed to spark@stkate.edu.