Korean Adoptees

Name of Award

Carol Easley Denny Award

Date Awarded




Project Description

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, was awarded $7,500 to investigate Korean adoptees’ information seeking behaviors (ISB), their needs, and the resources available to them. Since the Korean War, approximately 200,000 Korean children have been sent from Korea to western countries for adoption. Many of these adoptees are returning to Korea to search for their birth parents and details regarding the circumstances of their adoptions. Due to the lack of regulation of adoption in Korea, adoptees and their allies are forming organizations, developing resources, and lobbying for change. This project will be approached as a social justice issue in advocating the moral right of individuals for their personal information. By providing a picture of the information seeking behaviors, needs, and resources available to transnationally adopted Koreans, an applicable theory and model will be developed for other transnational adoptees in their search processes.

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