First and foremost I express my greatest gratitude to the many adoptees
who tolerated my presence and questions, welcomed me into their lives,
and contributed their words and experiences to this ethnography. I have
appreciated many of them not only as crucial interlocutors but also as
cherished friends and colleagues. Much of what I have learned about
Korean adoption has been due to the indispensable and foundational re-
search of Tobias Hübinette and from my innumerable conversations with
Kim Park Nelson, whose friendship represents one of the many rewards of
my fieldwork experience. The everyday reflections, opinions, advice, and
ongoing friendships of Me-K Ahn, Jackie Aronson, HyoSung Lee Bidol,
HyoJung Bidol, Sarah Kim-Tomcek, Deann Borshay Liem, Lisa Hanson,
kate hers, Hosu Kim, Hollee McGinnis, Sarah Park, KimSu Theiler, Jane
Jeong Trenka, and Maya Weimer have informed my thinking and encour-
aged me in countless ways.
Susan Soon-Keum Cox early on saw the value in research on the first
generation of adult Korean adoptees, and I deeply appreciate her willing-
ness to let me volunteer for the first Gathering conference in 1999 and her
subsequent generosity with her time and extensive knowledge. When I
first began the Korea portion of my research in 2001, Mihee Nathalie
Lemoine was an expert guide and welcoming friend. Along the way, I was
lucky to meet fellow researchers and adoptees engaged in their own fact-
finding missions, including HyoJung Bidol, Su-Yoon Ko Burrows, Tammy
Chu, Kelli Donigan, Amy Harp, Pam Jost, Eun Yung Fairbanks and JaeSik
Kauffman, Jenny Na, Lene Myong Peterson, Elise Prebin, and Kim Stoker.
At the Overseas Koreans Foundation (okf), Jeannie Hong’s assistance,
cooperation, and friendship were crucial to my research and own sense of
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