In their article “Decolonizing Adoption Narratives for Transnational Reproductive Justice,” Sung Hee Yook and Hosu Kim examine narratives emerging from transnational adoption practices, focusing on how birth mothers’ narratives—in which a victim-mother makes choices to give a child for adoption in hopes of a better life for the child, and awaits that child’s return—develop alongside and deviate from the normative orders of motherhood. While birth mothers’ self-transformative narrative illuminates their subjectivities—apart from victimhood, simmering in the latent form of agency—Yook and Kim argue that a compelling narrative of self-mastery produces another discursive trap which renders the numerous less-masterful birth mothers invisible or unworthy of recognition. By attending to the strong affects resonating in birth mothers’ writings, we identify “transnational adoptive kinship” as a new sociality, which emerges out of mutual recognition and acknowledgment of adoption losses. In doing so, we envision a new terrain for a transnational reproductive justice framework.
Yook, Sung Hee;
and Kim, Hosu.
"Decolonizing Adoption Narratives for Transnational Reproductive Justice."
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