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Reconciling the past/Imagining the future: The Korean adoption issue and representations of adopted Koreans in Korean popular culture
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages, Division of Korean Studies.
2004 (English)In: 6th Symposium of the Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies: Changes and Continuities: Contemporary Nordic Researches on Japan and Korea, 2004Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper is a presentation of a study of representations of adopted Koreans in Korean popular culture. After a background to the history of international adoption from Korea and an introduction to the Korean adoption issue, the paper looks at the representations of adopted Koreans in four Korean popular songs and feature films respectively. At the end, these representations are linked to the ethnic and postcolonial character of Korean nationalism and to the fractured and fragmented state of the Korean nation itself, and conceptualised as an attempt at reconciling with a tragic history and imagining a new future for a global Korean community.

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international adoption, popular culture, Korea
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21940OAI: diva2:188467
Available from: 2006-04-09 Created: 2006-04-09Bibliographically approved

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