This research project explores the experiences of transnational Korean adoptees who have reunited with their birth families. Through qualitative, in-depth interviews with 19 adult Korean adoptees from Denmark and the U.S., this study examines Korean adoptees’ initial encounters with their birth (a.k.a., first or Korean) families, the impact of cultural differences on relationships with birth families, and the motives underlying the terms of address that Korean adoptees use when interacting with or referring to their birth families.
This study seeks to understand North Korean defectors' political resocialization. As an immigrant group, North Korean defectors face unique circumstances within political resocialization. Defectors share the same ethnicity as South Koreans. However, they come from a country with a vastly different political, economic, and ideological system that has been in place for nearly seventy years. Such differences have an impact; on defector's adjustment upon arrival in South Korea. Furthermore, the defector population is a marginalized minority group in South Korea. They have difficulty with educational attainment, economic advancement, and mental health issues when adjusting to life in South Korea. Differing ideological upbringing and marginalization affect defectors' self-conceptualization in relation to political ideologies and attitudes.
Ever heard of the Korean Disability Rights Movement? Not many have. Yet, since the 1980s the movement has made a significant impact on the way people with disabilities (PWD) are treated and viewed within the Korean society. The movement has resulted in laws such as the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities act (1989), Disability Employment Promotion and Vocational Rehabilitation act (1999), Anti-Discrimination act (2007), and more.