The book, Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences, and Racial Exceptionalism, explores the personal narratives and histories of adult adoptees who were born between 1949 and 1983 and who were adopted from Korea by White parents. Using oral history ethnography, Nelson (2016) seeks to correct, complicate, and contribute to current discussions about transnational adoptions. In this book review, the author provides an overview, a personal reflection, and recommendations for potential audiences of this book.


Korean Adoptees, Transnational Adoption, Identity, Racial Exceptionalism, Contact Zone, Oral History Ethnography, Post-Colonial Theory

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Tairan Qiu is a doctoral student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. She received a B.A. in English Education from Purdue University and an M.A.Ed. in Bilingual Education from the University of Florida. Her research interests include the digital literacies, bilingual literacies (Chinese and English), and content-area literacy (specifically STEAM) development of emergent bilingual adolescents and young adults. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: tqiu19@uga.edu.


A special thanks to Dr. Kathy Roulston from the University of Georgia for her continuous mentoring, feedback, education, and encouragement.

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