Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Small Fish made the news!

Since arriving in Seoul, I've had the pleasure of meeting a number of local journalists. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to talk about my research into wartime adoption with Richard Scott-Ashe from the JoongAng Daily, an English-language paper published here in Seoul. You can check out his column here: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2896658

"Home to Peaceful America"

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As this mid-1950s newsreel footage demonstrates, the earliest Korean adoptees were of great interest to the press. The story of Jimmy Raynor's adoption appeared in the New York Times and Associated Press photographs of his arrival in the United States were reprinted across the country. This film shows a far more common situation, that of a single soldier bringing a child home to be adopted by his parents. Military policy and civilian law were written for married couples, and single fatherhood simply wasn't considered an option by many soldiers until Paul Raynor and a handful of others forced the United States to recognize their rights to parent these children.