Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea

Fugitive Visions An Adoptee s Return to Korea The powerful second memoir by the author of the widely acclaimed The Language of Bloodmade in Korea cheap goods cheap labor cheap womb cheap adoption cheap immigration cheap immigrant cheap yellow dau

  • Title: Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea
  • Author: Jane Jeong Trenka
  • ISBN: 9781555975296
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • The powerful second memoir by the author of the widely acclaimed The Language of Bloodmade in Korea cheap goods cheap labor cheap womb cheap adoption cheap immigration cheap immigrant cheap yellow daughter honorary white almost but not quiteWhenever she speaks to a stranger in her native Korea, Jane Jeong Trenka is forced to expThe powerful second memoir by the author of the widely acclaimed The Language of Bloodmade in Korea cheap goods cheap labor cheap womb cheap adoption cheap immigration cheap immigrant cheap yellow daughter honorary white almost but not quiteWhenever she speaks to a stranger in her native Korea, Jane Jeong Trenka is forced to explain what she is Japanese Chinese The answer that she was adopted from Korea as a baby and grew up in the United States is a source of grief, pride, and confusion.Trenka s award winning first book, The Language of Blood, told the story of her upbringing in a white family in rural Minnesota Now, in this searching and provocative memoir, Trenka explores a new question Can she make an adult life for herself in Korea Despite numerous setbacks, Trenka resolves to learn the language and ways of her unfamiliar birth country.In navigating the myriad contradictions and disjunctions that have made up her life, Trenka turns to the lessons from her past in particular, the concept of dissonance and harmony learned over her years as a musician In Fugitive Visions, named after a composition by Prokofiev, Trenka has succeeded in braiding the disparate elements of her life into a recognizable and at times heartbreaking whole.

    One thought on “Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea”

    1. I've got to say at the outset that I'm not sure I'm part of the target audience. However, I couldn't help feeling that Trenka's "angst" about not fitting in as either a "real" Korean or American was of her own making. Dare I say that she was never going to be "Korean", without a massive mental adaptation, of which I doubt she's capable? To be part of such a homogeneous society, she'd have to (pretty much) give up her American-ness. Much as she claims to tire of the frustration of her adoptee sta [...]

    2. Heartbreaking at points, bitter throughout, very poetic and abstract. Provides partial catharsis if reader also has experienced feeling of rejection by both "home" culture and adopted culture.

    3. Jane Jeong Trenka's willingness to stay with the pain of her alternate lives as a transnationally adopted infant, an exiled Korean child, a returnee to Korea where she was neither truly Korean nor truly "other" is one of the bravest journeys of discovery and naming I've ever seen. It is amazing, and should be required reading for anyone considering transnational adoption: the price exacted from the adoptee is all visible here, and it is heartrending. This is a fine piece of writing and an import [...]

    4. Came here to read up on what it's like to be a Korean adoptee in the US (technically a US citizen I guess?) and the psychology behind it. This is not a tale of immigration to the land of the free, but a tale of immigration to one's own motherland and finding it too foreign. But I stayed here for author's lyrical prose. Beautifully written and always powerful, her background in music tells in the way she writes.

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