- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Tamarisk Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979375606
- ISBN-13: 978-0979375606
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity Paperback – September 1, 2008
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"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
"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
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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.
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The writings are in essay form and they aren't always the most well-written, but the story is easily understood.