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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Author Talk at San Mateo Library

  • San Mateo Main Library 55 W. Third Avenue San Mateo, CA 94402 United States (map)

Julayne Lee was born in South Korea to a mother she never knew. As an infant, she was adopted by a white Christian family in Minnesota. "Not My White Savior" is a memoir in poems, exploring what it is to be a transracial and an inter-country adoptee, and what it means to grow up being constantly told how better your life is because you were rescued from your country of origin. Following Lee from Korea to Minnesota and finally to Los Angeles, she asks what does "better" mean? In which ways was the journey she went on better than what she would have otherwise experienced?

Light refreshments will be served. Contact Cynthia McCarthy at cmccarthy@cityofsanmateo.org for more information. ** Oak Room, 1st Floor **

Sponsored by the Asian Library Advisory Committee.  Part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programs at the San Mateo Public Library.

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