Index
Page numbers in italics refer to figures.
aaaw (Adult Asian Adoptees of
Washington), 160
Aaron (adoptee), 192
acculturation, 102
Adams, Craig, 189–90
Adolfson, Nathan, 112, 278n7
Adoptee Awareness Wall (project), 206
adoptees: as activists, 15, 198–201,
224–27, 243–44, 254; adult adoptees
as a category, 19–20, 104; advocate
agencies for, 16; agency of, 115, 139,
151, 153–55, 157–58; ambivalences
of, 19, 113, 120, 122, 141, 146, 153–
54, 176, 183, 186–87, 195, 216, 235–
37, 240–41, 266; ‘‘as-if’’ position of,
92, 99–100, 121, 130; authenticity
and, 124, 126, 142, 187, 190, 197, 238,
241; citizenship and, 5, 102–4, 140,
202–8, 214–15, 235, 243, 248,
282n10, 285n28; collective person-
hood and, 115, 118, 125, 127, 129–
30, 139, 141, 147–51, 156, 159, 184,
212, 227–28, 266; commodification
of, 11–12, 32–33, 48, 76, 117, 164,
209, 220, 255, 259; communities of,
84–85, 100; counterpublics of, 6, 8,
13–15, 100, 104–5, 112, 114–15,
118, 121–22, 137–38, 140, 142, 146,
166; cultural normalization of, in
Korea, 181, 187–93; dating mores
and, 126; exclusion of ‘‘Korean
Koreans,’’ 211–14, 216, 235; exploita-
tion of, by Korean media, 212, 218,
228; goals of, in establishing commu-
nity, 22–23; gratitude and, 4, 256–
58, 263; infantilizing of, 137, 141–42,
155, 160–61, 173–74, 219–20, 224–
27, 234, 249; kinship relationships of,
13, 85–88, 95–96, 99, 103, 106, 166,
173, 175, 212; Korea’s official stance
toward, 6, 171–209, 242–43; life-
cycle of, 105, 126, 141, 246; loss and,
12, 91–92, 98; model-minority status
of, 28, 81, 83, 117; motherland tours
and, 16, 126, 137, 183–84, 228–29,
252; names and, 89, 111; narratives
of, 8, 18, 94–95, 99, 114–16, 127,
130–31, 144, 153–55, 230, 256–59,
261; networks of, 14, 17, 142; ngos
and, 221–24; as objects of pity and
Korean guilt, 243, 250; organizations
by and for, 104–31; other diasporic
Koreans and, 119; personal origins
and, 89–91, 182–86; psychological
impacts and, 263–64; racialization
of, 28, 238, 242; returns of, to Korea,
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