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Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences, and Racial Exceptionalism (Asian American Studies Today)

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The first Korean adoptees were powerful symbols of American superiority in the Cold War; as Korean adoption continued, adoptees' visibility as Asians faded as they became a geopolitical success story—all-American children in loving white families. In Invisible Asians, Kim Park Nelson analyzes the processes by which Korean American adoptees’ have been rendered racially invi
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Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published March 18th 2016 by Rutgers University Press
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Chris
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many thoughts after finishing this one.

As an adoptive parent of a Korean child, some of this was difficult to read but ultimately important to get this perspective.

I do feel like I gained some guiding principles for how to best raise my child to navigate the in between world he will live in and that is the best I could hope for.

If I had one complaint, it might be around her selection of research subjects. Outside of one interview, it seemed all had very negative experiences growing up and wi
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Yuna
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is an academic look at Asian (especially Korean American) adoptee experiences, and though very well researched it can be a dry read. The introduction and opening chapters are a bit slow because the author goes into considerable detail on the how and why of the methods she chose for her research, and there's a lot of recounting the history of transnational adoption.

I appreciate that this is written by an adopted Korean, and includes oral histories from several adopted Koreans. Nelson l
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John Benson
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first heard Kim Park Nelson talking about her research into Korean adoptees on Minnesota Public Radio. While we teach at the same university, I had not met her as she teaches classes online from her home in the Twin Cities. I later heard her speak in Moorhead, where I live. I was impressed with her research and how her research had parallels to research I had done on missionary children. The book is based on many oral interviews done in Minnesota, the Pacific Northwest and South Korea. The boo ...more
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