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Who is Park Joo Young?, A Documentary Film

  • Author(s): Kopacz, Elizabeth Min-Sook
  • Advisor(s): Tajima-Pena, Renee
  • et al.
Abstract

Who is Park Joo Young? is a documentary project that seeks to explore how Korean adoptee narratives of kinship and belonging become circulated, cohered, and mobilized. As the central figure, Robyn Shultz's personal journey becomes the vehicle by which to consider adoptee desires for reconciliation of ruptures born out of fraught U.S.-Korean geopolitical contexts and desires for current promises of science and genetic technologies. The film is also invested in a critical foregrounding and investigation of the visualization of Korean adoptee narratives as constructions that are deployed to fulfill ontological, familial, national, and transnational longings.

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