In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to the country of their birth and reconnect with their roots. What emerges is a deepened sense of self, belonging, and purpose, as Geographies of Kinship’s four protagonists question the policies and practices that led South Korea to become the largest “sending country” in the world—with 200,000 children adopted out to North America, Europe, and Australia. Emboldened by their own experiences and what they have learned, they become advocates for birth-family and adoptee rights, support for single mothers, and historical reckoning.
After the screening, four Korean adoptees who live in the Philadelphia area—Christine Coyne, Susannah Park, Kendra-Lee Rosati, Christian Simms—will discuss their reactions to the film and discuss their experience growing up as Korean adoptees.
In 2012, Timothy Yu published a short article titled “Has Asian American Studies Failed?”