ADAPTED is a podcast that explores the experiences of Korean adoptees who have repatriated or resettled in Korea. Since the 1950s, researchers say about 200,000 children were 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 transnational adoptees. What were the circumstances that sent them as young children from their native country? What are their experiences as these adopted people return to rediscover, uncover, learn and reflect?

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

From July 2016 – April 2017, this podcast was 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