By Martin and Richard Lee
Korean adoption began following the Korean War in 1953 and it is estimated that 5-10% of the Korean American population are adopted or children of adopted persons. Adoption is often viewed as a win-win and adopted persons should be grateful and lucky. This problematic narrative minimizes the complexity of transracial adoption, and adoptees who challenge the dominant narrative are portrayed as angry or ungrateful. Young Hee pushes back on this idea, though perhaps a bit misplaced in this instance.
Martin and Rich Lee are second generation Korean American brothers. Martin is a retired elementary school teacher and the illustrator of the strip. Rich is a professor of psychology in Asian American studies at the University of Minnesota and writes the content.
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