ASAC 2016 Conference in Minneapolis

The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC) will hold its Sixth Biennial Conference in Minneapolis October 27 through 29, 2016. Proposals will be accepted through March 1, 2016.

As a long-time resident of Minneapolis and a member of the ASAC Executive Committee, I’m excited to welcome this event to my home town. I’m particularly looking forward to the creative work that will be featured at this year’s conference.

Deann Borshay Liem will introduce her new film, Geographies of Kinship, which follows Korean adoptees from the U.S. and Europe on their journeys to reconnect with their birth country and piece together their past. Deann’s autobiographical films First Person Plural and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee are touchstones of Korean adoptee cultural production.

And Mu Performing Arts, Minnesota’s only pan-Asian performing arts organization and one of the largest Asian American performing arts companies in the United States, will present staged readings tracing twenty years of adoption theater in the Twin Cities.


Fourth International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies

I’m honored to be presenting the keynote address at the Fourth International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies on August 3, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the International Korean Adoptee Associations’ 2016 Korean Adoptee Gathering.

The day-long symposium will bring together scholars from around the world who are conducting research in the field of Korean adoption studies. These scholars work at the intersections of Asian and Korean studies, postcolonial and cultural studies, and social and behavioral sciences. Their research is also engaged with issues of race and ethnicity, migration and diaspora, gender and family, and globalization and transnationalism.

I was the lead organizer of the first three International Symposia on Korean Adoption Studies in 2007, 2010 and 2013. This year’s organizing committee has put together a great program that truly represents the diversity and innovation in research about Korean and other transnational adoption today.

I’m looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues from around the world and meeting new people in Seoul.