ADAPTED is a podcast that explores the experiences of Korean-American adoptees who repatriate or resettle in Korea. Since the 1950s, an estimated 200,000 children have been adopted internationally from Korea. The experiences of adoptees are as varied and unique as each individual’s circumstance; yet most know their stories from a similar starting point — as international adoptees. What happened before, as Korean children, with families and roots as deep as ginseng? What happens after when adoptees return to this land to rediscover, uncover, learn and reflect? These are their stories.

KAOMI GOETZ is an American journalist and a Korean-American adoptee. As a 2016-7 Fulbright US Senior Scholar, she is reporting on the experiences of Korean-American adoptees who have returned to Korea. She is based in Seoul, Korea.

This series is generously funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), under the Fulbright Program, with support from the Korean-American Educational Commission.

All views expressed in the podcast are those of the individual parties, and not necessarily shared by the Korean-American Educational Commission, the U.S. Department of State or the government of the Republic of Korea.

Korean-American Adoptees Living in Korea