Julayne Lee

Julayne Lee was given up for adoption in South Korea as a result of the Korean War. She was adopted by an all-white Christian family in Minnesota, where she grew up. She has spent over fifteen years working with Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAKs). She lived in Seoul and now resides in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the LA Futbolistas and Adoptee Solidarity Korea - Los Angeles (ASK-LA). She is also part of the Adoptee Rights Campaign working to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship. NOT MY WHITE SAVIOR is her first book.

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Transracial and Transnational Korean Adoption: Creating Happy Families or Child Trafficking?

  • UC Berkeley 2495 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA United States (map)

1:45PM - 2:45PM: Transracial and Transnational Korean Adoption: Creating Happy Families or Child Trafficking?

Adoption has long been framed as a means to create a family and in some cases save children from third world countries and women deemed unfit for motherhood, many of whom are women of color. Has the white savior narrative turned what once began as a humanitarian effort into a guise for child trafficking? How has the adoption industry continued to thrive and profit while failing those most vulnerable in the adoption constellation? Why not provide resources for women to keep their children rather than separating them through adoption. By telling the whole adoption story, which includes adoptees without citizenship, their deportation and legislative efforts to fix this human rights catastrophe, this session aims to shift the historical narrative.

11:30AM - 12:30PM: Healing Through The Unsaid

Silencing does not benefit the silenced. How has silence keep us from becoming who we are really meant to be? What have you kept silent and why? Through a series of writing prompts including letter writing, we’ll make space for our experiences that have been silenced and have held us back from being who we were destined to be.

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