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Save the Children: Religion, Politics, and International Adoptions in America

luncheon colloquium

Faith and Development

Arissa Oh
Boston College

Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

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Abstract: Although international adoption has become a commonplace practice in the United States, many Americans know very little about how or why it began. At her luncheon colloquium, Arissa Oh will draw on her book, To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption, and examine the rise of international adoption, which began systematically in the aftermath of the Korean War. In particular, Oh will discuss the role of religion in U.S. international adoption, both past and present.

Arissa Oh

Arissa Oh is associate professor in the history department at Boston College, where she teaches and researches migration in U.S. history, particularly in relation to race, gender, and kinship. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2008. Her book on the history of international adoption, To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption, was published by Stanford University Press in 2015. She is currently working on a history of marriage migration and immigration fraud in U.S. history since the late 19th century.

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Oh's Book

Arissa Oh was featured in the Boston Globe for her recent book, To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption. Check out the article here. You can find more information on current issues surrounding adoption in South Korea here.