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Once They Hear My Name
Once They Hear My Name

Once They Hear My Name

Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity

SOCIAL SCIENCE

200 Pages, 6 x 8 1/2

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

PDF, $11.99 (US $11.99) (CA $11.99)

Publication Date: September 2008

ISBN 9780979375644

Rights: US & CA

Tamarisk Books, LLC (Sep 2008)
Tamarisk Books

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Overview

"The honest voice of each adoptee makes for riveting reading and provides a window into the lives, minds and hearts of these children, almost all of whom wrestle with not just occasional teasing, but more profoundly, with . . . the duality that's at the core of their being." —Judy Woodruff, PBS journalist

A testament to the more than 100,000 Korean adoptees who have come to the United States since the 1950s, this collection of oral histories features the stories of nine Korean Americans who were adopted as children and the struggles they’ve shared as foreigners in their native lands. From their early confrontations with racism and xenophobia to their later-in-life trips back to Korea to find their roots (with mixed results), these narratives illustrate the wide variety of ways in which all adoptive parents and adoptees—not just those from Korea—must struggle with issues of identity, alienation, and family.

Reviews

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"The honest voice of each adoptee makes for riveting reading and provides a window into the lives, minds and hearts of these children, almost all of whom wrestle with not just occasional teasing, but more profoundly, with . . . the duality that's at the core of their being." —Judy Woodruff, PBS journalist

"In this important, groundbreaking book, the long overdue voices of Korean-American adoptees, grown-up and reflective, tell their stories with rare insight and breathtaking emotional honesty." —Helen Zia, author, Asian American Dreams

"Help[s] families teach transracial adoptees to celebrate rather than regret the cultural riches that come with their backgrounds." —The Christian Science Monitor

"Nine Korean adoptees tell their stories of growing up in American, white families." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Riveting reading for any adoptive parent. Nine adoptees share candid stories of growing up adopted, struggling to fit in with classmates or colleagues, and searching for their birth families." —Adoptive Families magazine

"Intensely personal accounts of the pain and pride of growing up straddling two very different cultures. Many of the adoptees describe getting teased or stared at because they did not look like their Caucasian family members." —The Gazette, Bethesda-Silver Spring, Maryland

"Based on oral histories of nine adoptees, the book illustrates the variety of ways adopted children and their parents wrestle with life's inescapable question: Who am I?" —Houston Chronicle

Author Biography

Ellen Lee is a licensed clinical social worker. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Marilyn Lammert is a psychotherapist. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Mary Anne Hess is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in education and family issues. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.