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Out of Place - (Asian American Sociology) by Sunah M Laybourn

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.0 Inches (H) x 6.0 Inches (W)
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Series Title: Asian American Sociology
Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies
Genre: Social Science
Number of Pages: 240
Publisher: New York University Press
Theme: Asian American Studies
Format: Paperback
Author: Sunah M Laybourn
Language: English
Street Date: January 16, 2024
TCIN: 88918309
UPC: 9781479814787
Item Number (DPCI): 247-55-5664
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


Book Synopsis

How Korean adoptees went from being adoptable orphans to deportable immigrants

Since the early 1950s, over 125,000 Korean children have been adopted in the United States, primarily by white families. Korean adoptees figure in twenty-five percent of US transnational adoptions and are the largest group of transracial adoptees currently in adulthood. Despite being legally adopted, Korean adoptees' position as family members did not automatically ensure legal, cultural, or social citizenship. Korean adoptees routinely experience refusals of belonging, whether by state agents, laws, and regulations, in everyday interactions, or even through media portrayals that render them invisible. In Out of Place, SunAh M Laybourn, herself a Korean American adoptee, examines this long-term journey, with a particular focus on the race-making process and the contradictions inherent to the model minority myth.

Drawing on in-depth interviews with Korean adoptee adults, online surveys, and participant observation at Korean adoptee events across the US and in Korea, Out of Place illustrates how Korean adoptees come to understand their racial positions, reconcile competing expectations of citizenship and racial and ethnic group membership, and actively work to redefine belonging both individually and collectively. In considering when and how Korean adoptees have been remade, rejected, and celebrated as exceptional citizens, Out of Place brings to the fore the features of the race-making process.

Review Quotes


Out of Place is magnificent. It is a meticulous study of Korean transnational, transracial
adoptees' particularities that unravels conflicting claims on identity and family while providing
theoretical insight into the nature of belonging. Laybourn carefully chronicles a continuum of
racialized national inclusion--from adoptable Korean orphans to easily deportable
adults--whose citizenship remains contingent and revocable according to state whims.

"-- "Victor Ray, author of On Critical Race Theory"


Engagingly written and impeccably researched, Out of Place offers an innovative analysis of
how Korean American adoptees challenge widespread beliefs about kinship, citizenship, and
race in America.

"-- "Patricia Hill Collins, author of Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory"


In Out of Place, SunAh M Laybourn tells a compelling story of the complex association
between race, kinship, and citizenship among Korean American adoptees. This book would be
terrific for any undergraduate course on the sociology of race, the family, and Asian Americans.

"-- "Grace Kao, co-author of Diversity and the Transition to Adulthood in America"


Laybourn's pivotal work introduces readers to the idea of exceptional belonging--the granted
but precarious inclusion experienced by many Korean individuals adopted into White families in
the US. Her study provides a powerful framework with which to examine this type of belonging,
outlining both the privileges and perils associated with White intimacies and describing how
adoptees perpetuate, negotiate, and challenge such arrangements. A must read.

"-- "Carla Goar, Professor of Sociology at Kent State University"

About the Author

SunAh M Laybourn is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis. She is the co-author of Diversity in Black Greek Letter Organizations: Breaking the Line.
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