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Reconciling the Past/Imagining the Future: The Korean Adoption Issue and Representations of Adopted Koreans in Korean Popular Culture

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This article is a presentation of a study of representations of adopted Koreans in Korean popular culture. After a background to the history of international adoption from Korea and an introduction to the Korean adoption issue, the article looks at the representations of adopted Koreans in four Korean popular songs and feature films, respectively. At the end, these representations are linked to the ethnic and postcolonial character of Korean nationalism and to the fractured and fragmented state of the Korean nation itself, and are conceptualized as an attempt at reconciling with a tragic history and imagining a new future for a global Korean community.

Keywords: Korean adoption; Motherland; cultural representations; ethnicity; nationality; profitable

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ac.16.2.110_1

Affiliations: Stockholm University

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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