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  • Author(s): Weiser, Dana Park
  • Advisor(s): Tajima-Pena, Renee
  • et al.
Abstract

Using three original works of art, this creative thesis acts as a personal and academic exploration of cultural identification, memory, and production, as well as US imperialism, through the lens of transnational Korean adoption. The varied material forms of these three works add to a larger dialogue of what it means to question being Korean, Asian, American, and transnationally adopted, while also placing them within a dialogue of historical artistic movements. Not only do these pieces explore the ways in which Asian American communities are represented as a departure from the cultural norm, but they also examine the additional divergence felt by transnational Korean adoptees. In this way, these three pieces act as both a form of cultural production and as a research methodology, at once querying and creating a new conversation about transnational Korean adoption.

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