About Me

I am a writer, blogger, teacher and scholar interested in topics of adoption, foster care, child welfare, orphans and vulnerable children, race, disabilities, gender, and all the intersectionalities of the above. My dream class to teach would be to use film and popular media to analyze themes around foster care, adoption and child welfare. I would name this class “Beyond Juno.”

I was born in South Korea and adopted to the United States in 1971.  I currently work at the University of Washington Tacoma in the Social Work and Criminal Justice program. My current research projects focus on the experiences of intercountry adoptees that have experienced adoption disruption or displacement and the cultural, racial and adoption socialization practices of Korean adoptee parents.

My publications include chapters in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Minnesota Historical Press, The Routledge Handbook for Global Child WelfareTransracial and Intercountry Adoptions by Columbia University Press,  Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption by South End Press and Religion and Spirituality in Korean America by University of Illinois Press. In addition, my essays, articles and poetry have been published in KoreAm Journal, Korean Quarterly, and Minnesota Monthly among others.

Click here for my professional website and for information about my current research projects.

 My publications are available here.

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