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What do Koreans generally think about returning adoptees?

 
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madeinkorea



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:45 pm    Post subject: What do Koreans generally think about returning adoptees? Reply with quote

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itiswhatitis



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If someone is born in Korea, leaves as an infant/child and comes back as an adult then that person can expect to be a nobody upon returning to Korea.

If someone was born in say America, grew up in another country and then returned to America as an adult would Americans say "welcome to America" and embrace the person into their social circle? No. Same deal in Korea or pretty much anywhere else.
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madeinkorea



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see what you mean, yes I encountered that... The only Koreans which were quite welcoming were the ones at Holt (the guy in the main building as well as the social workers in charge of the post adoption services), other than that I didn't get a lot of positive vibes from the locals. At some point I even got the impression I was being mistaken for a Japanese tourist or some other Asian even though I look Korean.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koreans in general tend to be non-confrontational and to avoid embarrassment, especially publicly. Face saving and all that.

Most Koreans, especially the older generations, are well aware that Korea was one of the largest sources of adoptive children in the world, particularly in the period starting from the end of the Korean war and running into the 1980s. This was and is embarrassing to them, because publicly there is so much emphasis placed on female chastity and the sanctity of the family. Also, this continued to be the case despite an economy that was growing by leaps and bounds.

So what do they think of returning adoptees? I think their collective heart goes out to them on the one hand as the kids were separated from the motherland by no fault of their own, and that they're considered walking, talking evidence of problems in society brewing under a carefully constructed cover story on the other. Tough nut to crack, so this is the only insight I can venture. Take it for what it is.
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