KAD Books

While much of the writing by, for, or about KADs is online, there is a tidy shelf of books on different aspects of the KAD experience, and the number is growing. I started compiling a bibliography of all the books I could find directly related to Korean-American adoption, which is below, organized in roughly chronological order. I welcome further suggestions. 

A few notes: (1) I haven't read everything on the list—even though it is relatively short, that would be a considerable task—and so mentions aren't endorsements. I am myself working through this list bit by bit. (2) Many of the books are self-published and, I imagine, difficult to find. Part of this is that KADs and their families are a small and diffuse audience, so it's unsurprising that it has been hard to get writing picked up by large publishers. That said, the writing and editing range widely in quality. (3) There are, of course, much vaster bibliographies on related issues—adoption, transracial and international; Korea; etc.—as well as children's books and academic articles. I include here only book-length publications for adults directly on Korean adoption and adoptees. 
  • Jo Rankin: Seeds from a Silent Tree: An Anthology by Korean Adoptees (Pandal Press, 1997)
  • Sara Dorow, ed.: I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children (Yeong & Yeong, 1999)
  • Katy Robinson: A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee's Search for Her Roots (Berkley Trade, 2002)
  • Sook Wilkinson, Nancy Fox, eds.: After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees (Sunrise Ventures, 2002)
  • Jane Jeong Trenka: The Language of Blood (Graywolf, 2003).
  • Trenka, Oparah, Shin, eds.: Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press, 2006).
  • Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert, Mary Anne Hess: Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity (Tamarisk Books, 2008)
  • Jane Jeong Trenka: Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea (Graywolf, 2009)
  • Eleana Kim: Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging (Duke UP, 2010).
  • Sangsoon Han: Dreaming a World: Korean Birth Mothers Tell Their Stories (Yeong and Yeong, 2010)
  • Kristi Brian: Reframing Transracial Adoption: Adopted Koreans, White Parents, and the Politics of Kinship (Temple University Press, 2012)
  • Mia Tuan, Jianbin Lee Shiao: Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America (Russell Sage Foundation: 2012)
  • Catherine Ceniza Choy: Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America (NYU Press, 2013)
  • Diana RenĂ© Christian and Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston: Perpetual Child: Adult Adoptee Anthology: Dismantling the Stereotype (An-Ya Project, 2013)
  • Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston: The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist (ed. Stromberg, CQT Media & Publishing, 2013)
  • Janine Myung Ja et al.: Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists (Against Child Trafficking USA, 2014)
  • SooJin Pate: From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (University of Minnesota Press, 2014)
  • Janine Myung Ja et al.: The "Unknown" Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now (2015, self-published on CreateSpace)
  • Soojung Jo: Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation (CQT Media and Publishing, 2015)
  • Arissa Oh: To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption (Stanford UP, 2015)

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