Hello from HISTORY!
This week, Tammy interviews Professor Kori A. Graves, a historian of adoption and the family at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Kori’s 2020 book, A War Born Family: African American Adoption in the Wake of the Korean War, explores how Black Americans came to adopt Black Korean children.
Tammy and Kori talk about the history of transnational, transracial adoption — and the special place of Korea and the Korean diaspora in adoptee activism and the contemporary architecture of family.
For more on this subject, Kori recommends:
Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America by Catherine Ceniza Choy
Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States by Kimberly D. McKee
To Save the Children of Korea by Arissa H. Oh
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung
Interrogation Room (poetry) by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Dust of the Streets: The Journey of a Biracial Orphan of the Korean War by Thomas Park Clement
“Made in Korea: A One Way Ticket Seoul-Amsterdam?” (film) by In-Soo Radstake
Palimpsest: Documents from a Korean Adoption (graphic novel) by Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom
The Language of Blood: A Memoir by Jane Jeong Trenka
Tomorrow, November 3, catch Andy at NYU’s Skirball Center (via Zoom; register for free), in conversation with Prof. Charmaine Chua of UC-Santa Barbara. He’ll revisit some themes in his “‘Chinese Virus,’ World Market” essay from March 2020 in n+1 — twenty months later, twenty months into the pandemic!