By Elise M. Prébin
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16 Yet it remains to be seen if this separation phenomenon is really unique in history,17 or if its perception as unique depends on values and social structures specific to Korea. In postwar South Korea, there were indeed multitudes of orphans, mostly taken care of by foreign institutions. In the 1960s, an American military official wrote: “It is certainly unrealistic at this point for Koreans to think in terms of a welfare state” (Wade 1966, 90). As a matter of fact, Americans blamed the successive military regimes for the precarious nature of the South Korean social welfare system (Eckert and Lee 1996, 347–387).
Since 1999, transnational adoptees who want to return to Korea are given special status as overseas Koreans with a two-year F4 visa by the Ministry of Justice. 59 South Korean citizenship is significantly extended by the issue of the F4 visa (Hübinette 2002, 7). ” This mandate evidences the construction of a hierarchy within which the most educated and wealthiest groups are better considered and offered more advantages by the motherland. Transnational adoptees are clearly seen as part of a qualitative immigration, objects of a brain drain.
A lower-scale analysis deconstructs that narrative, however, and reveals that this official discourse is flawed at several levels. We will next examine how the construction of Korean adoptees as members of the all-encompassing diaspora does not always translate well in everyday life when adoptees encounter South Koreans in the streets. 60 2 Everyday Encounters One day of the spring of 2001, I went to a local flower shop to buy a bouquet for my paternal aunt’s birthday. My poor command of the language drew the attention of the female shopkeeper.