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In the 1970s, with the Korean War in the distant past, South Korea began to experience an upsurge of economic growth and industrialization. Societal values and lifestyles changed, with increased rates of divorce and separation and a rise in teenage pregnancy. The stigma associated with out-of-wedlock birth remained. During the 1970s, only half of the children placed for adoption were orphans, with most of the remaining children born out of wedlock [Holt Korea 1999]. Because of societal values emphasizing the importance of bloodline, children were adopted domestically only by extended family or blood relatives [Sarri, et al. 1998].
By 1976, international adoptions of Korean children had reached an all time high of 6,597 children, with approximately 4,000 of these children adopted by families in the U.S.
Others stated that as they were growing up, they saw themselves as Caucasian or white. These adoptees described themselves as:
“Caucasian who happened to look different”
“Caucasian with a difference”
“A white person in an Asian body”
“White middle class, but adopted from Korea”
Other adoptees said that as they were growing up, they identified with their adoptive family’s or adoptive country’s heritage or culture, considering themselves to be “Irish, Italian, German and Korean, Scandinavian, Caucasian, Italian American” and “as [part of an] English, German, Jewish, White family.”
“The pointing out of physical differences made me think I was ugly”
“Being called ‘greasy haired’ and ‘chink’ was hurtful”
“Because I am Amerasian, I was not Korean enough and not Caucasian enough”
Respondents were somewhat divided in relation to their interest in searching for their birth families. Slightly less than a quarter had undertaken a search or were in the process of searching. One-third stated that they were interested in searching but had not yet taken any step in that direction. The smallest group – 15% – were uncertain about their interest in searching. And close to one-third stated that they had no interest in searching.