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Youngen Koo: The Past and Present of Korean Intercountry Adoption and Scandinavia
April 2, 2019 - 13:15-15:00
Guest lecture by Youngeun Koo, PhD candidate in Korean Studies at Tuebingen University. The talk will provide an overview on South Korean intercountry adoption with a particular focus on Scandinavia as key receiving societies.
Since the end of the Korean War, over 200,000 Korean children have been sent abroad for adoption and this makes Korea the country with the highest number of intercountry adoptions among all sending countries. The talk will look at the emergence and expansion of the cross-border movement of Korean children in the last six decades and discuss some of the contradictions within it. Further the talk will show how Denmark and Sweden became involved in Korean adoption and emerged as important actors in the adoption field.