Korean adoptees have long struggled with lack of access to our history, and sometimes minimal understanding of the sociopolitical and cultural influences that shaped the landscape to and from which we were adopted. Join NPA for an exciting opportunity to close the knowledge gap and empower us as a community.
Network of Politicized Adoptees is thrilled to be offering a new discussion course this coming spring. Designed and taught by Kim Park Nelson, Ph.D., "Histories and Cultures of Korean American Transnational Adoption" will be offered as a 4-month Korean-adoptee-ONLY course, starting in Feb 2018 and meeting every other week through May 2018. This will be a closed course, with enrollment starting immediately, and participation maxed at 15. Attendance, commitment and participation at all classes is expected.
Course description: This course examines Korean adoption and the experience of Korean adoptees in America over the past 60 years. It centers on the history and policy of Korean American adoption and includes the experience of Korean adoptees, including social and cultural production of this ever-growing population. Using the Korean War as a historical baseline, the course considers the geopolitical and socioeconomic relationships between the United States and South Korea during and since the Cold War that have shaped the history of Korean adoption. Through reading and discussion, we will focus on the following questions: What does it mean to be Korean adopted for adoptees and others? How has the history and policy of Korean and other transnational adoption been shaped and changed? What can the experience of Korean adoptees tell other transracial and transnational adoptees groups? How does our understanding of Korean adoptees change our understanding of family? Of what it means to American? Of what it means to be Asian American? In addition, you will be asked to think and discuss about how the practice of Korean adoption impacts individuals in the adoption triad, communities, and nations personally, culturally, economically and politically. In addition to learning about Korean adoption, this course will provide a forum for you to raise questions, express opinions, exchange ideas with your adoptee peers. Because each of us brings a unique perspective to what we read based on the rich differences among us—from our individual experiences, personal histories, and diverse backgrounds—working together will help everyone to gain the greatest possible understanding from the assigned texts. Participants will be expected to prepare for seminar style discussion by reading course texts and attending all or most course meetings. The adoptee only course is led by Kim Park Nelson, Ph.D., who designed and taught the first course on Korean American adoption in 2007.
Course title: “Histories and Cultures of Korean American Transnational Adoption”
For: Korean adult adoptees
Designed and led by: Kim Park Nelson, Ph.D.
When: Mondays, February 12- May 21, 2018; 6-8pm
Where: Meetings will be held at Peace Coffee, 3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Tuition Cost: $50-75 sliding fee
Text Costs: $120*
* Text cost is estimated, if purchased new. Some of the books you may already own. Please also consider borrowing from a friend or the library if costs feel prohibitive. Detailed book list will be announced in January.
Reading Load: ~100 pages per week, or one book-length text per class
TO REGISTER (deadline Friday Jan 19, 2018):
Complete the REGISTRATION FORM.
Class fees should be paid via Paypal. If you need to utilize a different form of payment, please call or email us and we can arrange something.