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 Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota where I received a PhD in Social Work. My current research project focuses on the placement stability of internationally adopted children with disabilities. I currently work as a Project Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and manage an adoption competency certificate program for mental health and child welfare professionals.

My publications include chapters in 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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