Call for Oral Histories: Korean Transnational Adoptees and Birth Family Search/Reunion
My name is Katelyn Hemmeke. I am a Korean-American adoptee and I am currently a U.S. Fulbright Junior Researcher based in Seoul. My research focuses on the personal narratives of Korean transnational adoptees and their experiences with birth family search process and reunion. I am looking to for Korean transnational adoptees to share oral histories about their experience with the birth family search process and/or birth family reunion. By "oral history" I mean that rather than answering rigid questions via a formal interview, I would like you to share your life stories in as much or as little detail as you choose. I may ask clarifying questions along the way, but I am mostly interested in hearing you tell your personal story in whatever way you see fit.
I am looking to collect oral histories from people who fit the following criteria:
*Korean transnational adoptees of any nationality, ages 18 and older
*Korean transnational adoptees at any stage of the birth family search process - this includes:
--those who have not yet searched but are considering it or have considered it;
--those currently in the process of searching;
--those who have searched in the past but are not currently searching;
--those who have reunited; etc.
*Other things to note:
--Interviews will be conducted in English.
--All participants must sign a consent form before participating in an interview.
--Your personal information and oral history will be kept confidential.
--If you are currently residing in Korea, I can travel to meet with you in person.
--If you are not currently residing in Korea, we can speak over Skype/Google Hangout.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please fill in the information below. I will contact you and send you the consent form for participation, and you are free to ask any questions you may have before committing to participate. Completing this Google form does not bind you to participation in the project - it is simply to indicate your interest and to put us in touch.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at
. Thank you for your interest!
What is your full name?
What is your age?
What is your nationality?
What is your status regarding your birth family search?
Have not searched
Have searched in the past, but am not currently searching
Which adoption agency were you adopted through?
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