Finding my place in Dixie: race, place and the politics of belonging through the eyes of a Korean adoptee

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dc.contributor Adams, Natalie G.
dc.contributor Atkinson, Becky M.
dc.contributor Erevelles, Nirmala
dc.contributor Guyotte, Kelly W.
dc.contributor.advisor McKnight, Douglas Gaskill, Lisa 2018-12-14T18:12:13Z 2018-12-14T18:12:13Z 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003122
dc.identifier.other Gaskill_alatus_0004D_13516
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract No matter if people perceive me as white or Asian, the messy realities of my transnationality leave me stuck somewhere in between multiple identities. I am Asian by birth but often identify as white because of my adoption into a white family. Yet, because of the stigma against adoptees in South Korea and the color line in the South, I remain situated somewhere between black, white and Other. Living in a region where racial lines have been clearly defined, my identity is indefinable. I view this world through multiple lenses, yet feel like I do not belong anywhere. This autobiographical exploration is an attempt to understand how place has constructed my identity even as I struggle to name it and take control of it in a way that critiques the old binaries within the Deep South as well as the gendered assumptions about what a southern woman is or should be. South Korea’s strong beliefs regarding ethnic nationalism and the primacy of blood kinship are problematic for transnational adoptees like me and impact the spaces that I occupy. I will examine the ways in which my identity as a Korean adoptee problematizes the South’s racial dichotomy, the politics of belonging and the archetype of white southern womanhood.
dc.format.extent 137 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational leadership
dc.title Finding my place in Dixie: race, place and the politics of belonging through the eyes of a Korean adoptee
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies Instructional Leadership The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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