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My friend at Harlow Monkey (who herself is a social worker) recently got attacked on her blog by an adoption social worker. I think the social worker’s insecurities and misinformed claims and accusations speak for themselves. Moreover, her comments smack of infantilization, defensiveness, and insecurity. HW is not a child; she was not born (or adopted) yesterday. So, for your amusement (and it really is amusing):
My friend, professor, writer and activist Jennifer Kwon Dobbs was on 1:48 Voices from within the Korean Diaspora. From the website:
Featured guest : Jennifer Kwon Dobbs – author of “Paper Pavilion,” currently working on second book, guest editor of the 3rd edition of JKAS and assistant professor of English at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota
Reporting by: kim thompson
*** Jennifer Kwon Dobbs’ bio:
“Jennifer Kwon Dobbs received the New England Poetry Club’s Shelia Motton Book Award for her debut collection of poetry, Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press 2007). Currently assistant professor of English at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Kwon Dobbs is working on an essay collection about the political geographies of overseas Korean adoptee birth searches and a second book of poetry.”
Blog and info about Paper Pavilion: http://www.jkwondobbs.com
About the show:
This is a report that will air once every 3 weeks and will feature korean adoptees who are artists, activists, and philosophers.
I (kim thompson) will do the reporting and through the suggestions of others as well as my own contacts bring on different voices from within the adoptee community who live both in Seoul and abroad. For the time being it will air as a regular report that is featured on the “Steve Hatherly Show”
The reason that I’ve named the report thus is due to this fact (which I extracted from an article by Jane Jeong Trenka )
“since 1953 about 200,000 korean children have been sent to the west for adoption. with korea having a population of approximately 48 million this means one in every 48 korean citizens is affected by adoption. this show will feature some of those 200,000 who have returned home.”
Click here to listen to Jennifer Kwon Dobbs.
South Korean government workers are being given an unusual instruction – go home and multiply.
At 1900 on Wednesday, officials at the Ministry of Health will turn off all the lights in the building.
They want to encourage staff to go home to their families and, well, make bigger ones. They plan to repeat the experiment every month.
The country has one of the world’s lowest birth rates, lower even than neighbouring Japan.
And yet the Korean government facilitates the transnational adoptions of more than 1,000 children per year. This reeks of a classist and gendered agenda. Let’s ask our highly educated, mostly male government workers to have more kids but take the kids away from the (mostly) single mothers who don’t have the means to support their children. How is this at all socially just?
Read the article here.