This project collects and examines adoptee oral histories, consciously privileging the voices of adoptees in an adoption discourse that tends to silence them. Oral history provides adoptees with a medium to reject narrow, stereotypical renditions of adoption stories and construct their own complex narratives of real, lived experiences. In these oral histories, adoptees relate their personal experiences with the twists and turns of the birth family search process, their motivations for searching, and (for those who have reunited) the many ups and downs of birth family reunion.
The inquiry project seeks to understand English language education in Korea and its impact on effective communication to build globally competent citizens. Students become proficient in listening & reading but struggle greatly to communicate ideas in speaking & writing as they attempt to use language that goes beyond rote memorization and recall.
This research project explores the experiences of transnational Korean adoptees who have reunited with their birth families. Through qualitative, in-depth interviews with 19 adult Korean adoptees from Denmark and the U.S., this study examines Korean adoptees’ initial encounters with their birth (a.k.a., first or Korean) families, the impact of cultural differences on relationships with birth families, and the motives underlying the terms of address that Korean adoptees use when interacting with or referring to their birth families.