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Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea

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The powerful second memoir by the author of the widely acclaimed The Language of Blood

made in Korea > cheap goods > cheap labor > cheap womb > cheap adoption > cheap immigration > cheap immigrant > cheap yellow daughter > honorary white > almost but not quite

Whenever she speaks to a stranger in her native Korea, Jane Jeong Trenka is forced to
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Paperback, 197 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Graywolf Press
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John
Sep 16, 2009 rated it liked it
I've got to say at the outset that I'm not sure I'm part of the target audience. However, I couldn't help feeling that Trenka's "angst" about not fitting in as either a "real" Korean or American was of her own making. Dare I say that she was never going to be "Korean", without a massive mental adaptation, of which I doubt she's capable? To be part of such a homogeneous society, she'd have to (pretty much) give up her American-ness. Much as she claims to tire of the frustration of her adoptee ...more
Janey Bennett
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adoption, attachment
Jane Jeong Trenka's willingness to stay with the pain of her alternate lives as a transnationally adopted infant, an exiled Korean child, a returnee to Korea where she was neither truly Korean nor truly "other" is one of the bravest journeys of discovery and naming I've ever seen. It is amazing, and should be required reading for anyone considering transnational adoption: the price exacted from the adoptee is all visible here, and it is heartrending. This is a fine piece of writing and an ...more
april fulstone
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking at points, bitter throughout, very poetic and abstract. Provides partial catharsis if reader also has experienced feeling of rejection by both "home" culture and adopted culture.
D
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Came here to read up on what it's like to be a Korean adoptee in the US (technically a US citizen I guess?) and the psychology behind it. This is not a tale of immigration to the land of the free, but a tale of immigration to one's own motherland and finding it too foreign. But I stayed here for author's lyrical prose. Beautifully written and always powerful, her background in music tells in the way she writes.
Susan
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adoption-books
Beautiful. Lyrical. Intense. Exquisite. Searing.
Walter
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book, as I did The Language of Blood: A Memoir. I can hardly wait for the next one...
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