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Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity Paperback – September 1, 2008

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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

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

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

"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

"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

"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

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The oldest among them are senior citizens; the youngest are still in diapers. Yet, the more than 100,000 Korean adoptees who've come to the United States since the 1950s share a common bond. Raised in small town, suburbs and cities, they are the largest group of children ever adopted across racial, cultural and geographic lines. ``Once They Hear My Name'' is a revealing collection of oral histories where nine adoptees, in their own words, talk about how they became the adults they are today: Americans with ties to a homeland that, for many, grow stronger as they age. They speak candidly about acceptance and rejection, about struggles and successes - experiences unique to each, yet connected by common threads. At their core these stories chronicle the ongoing, and often difficult, quest for identity. The narratives illustrate the wide variety of ways all adoptive parents and adoptees, not just those from Korea, wrestle with identity issues. The subject is far too complex for a one-size-fits-all approach, yet hearing and learning from these voices may smooth the path for the growing number of families being formed today through international and transracial adoption.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 200 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0979375606
  • ISBN-10 : 0979375606
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Tamarisk Books; 1st Edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 17 ratings