Author and activist Jane Jeong Trenka is presenting a lecture titled "A Million Living Ghosts: Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea" tomorrow, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 1pm in 100 Smith Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, Zabel Lecture Series in the English Department, and the Consortium for the Study of the Asia.
"A Million Living Ghosts: Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea"
Jane Jeong Trenka: A Million Living Ghosts
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 100 Smith Hall East Bank,Smith Hall
Public lecture by Jane Jeong Trenka
Title: A Million Living Ghosts: Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea
Description: Since the end of the Korean War, South Korea has sent away more of its citizens to be adopted than any other country in the world. If we count not just the 200,000 children who been sent to foreign countries, but also their parents, grandparents, and siblings, we can roughly estimate that 1 million South Koreans are directly affected by the international adoption program. Yet these people are rarely acknowledged in Korean society, as they have been rendered socially dead. Meanwhile, the Korean government has yet to fully address the factors that have caused this program to flourish even in a time of economic prosperity, 57 years after the end of the Korean War.
Author Jane Jeong Trenka will talk about her writing as a path to activism and the work of her activist group TRACK (Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea), a group based in Seoul that advocates for full knowledge of past and present Korean adoption practices to protect the human rights of adult adoptees, children, and families.
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* Sponsored by: Asian American Studies, Zabel Lecture Series in the English Department, Consortium for the Study of the Asias
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