HERE: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota
As many of you know, Minnesota has not only the largest Korean adoptee population in the U.S., but the largest per capita in the world. Kim Jackson and Heewon Lee set out to create a visual documentation of the adopted Korean population in Minnesota with the help of Jae Ran Kim and Kim Park Nelson. It looks like a wonderful book and it’s only $20. The book will be available starting in April.
Here’s some more information about the book and where you can order it. -GS
Why HERE? Our story: Minnesota has one of the highest number of adopted Koreans, per capita, in the world, and yet there is nothing in our state’s annals to document this. This book was conceived to recognize the 13,000–15,000 of us who have immigrated to Minnesota, and to celebrate our existence, experiences, and perspectives, which are as diverse as our faces. We are everyday people, yet unique. We are girls, boys, women, men, babies, teens, and adults; singles, partnered, married, gay, straight, and transgendered; sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. We are a living, breathing part of Minnesota history. This book has no agenda—it is neither for nor against international adoption. We merely present the spectrum of our adopted community and how we have altered the face of Minnesota since the 1950s. Most important, we felt the urgent need to create this book as a resource not only for the present population, but also for future adoptees. After all, many of us do not have access to our Korean families and ancestry, and this book may provide the only touchstone many of us will ever have.