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An evening with Korean Adoptees Authors Lee Herrick and Kim Park Nelson

This event is organized by The Association of Korean Adoptees and open to the public. 

Please RSVP by sending an email to [masked] by Feb 10.

COST: $15 for non-members of AKA-SF/$10 for AKA-SF members


The Association of Korean Adoptees-San Francisco is proud to sponsor an evening with Korean Adoptees Authors Lee Herrick and Kim Park Nelson. 

Join us for a special AKA-SF event featuring adoptee scholar Kim Park Nelson and poet Lee Herrick, with introductions by documentary filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (preceded by a fabulous Korean buffet)

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7pm

Ohgane Korean BBQ Restaurant

3915 Broadway

Oakland, CA

Kim Park Nelson and Lee Herrick are exceptional leaders in the Korean adoptee community, one in the area of scholarship and research, the other in poetry and creative writing. AKA-SF is proud to bring them to Oakland for a special presentation of their work and a lively discussion with the audience.

Kim Park Nelson brings her insightful scholarship and analysis, wit, and humor to the presentation of Korean Adoption Histories in the Public Eye:  American Newspaper Coverage of Korean Adoption from 1952-Present. Throughout Korean adoption history, news coverage shows how American public perceptions of Korean adoption have changed over its history: a practice that was closely associated with the American military in the beginning gave way to human interest stories designed for women by the 1960s, then to stories of idealized multicultural “rainbow” families in the 1970s and 1980s, then to stories of adoptees themselves in the 1990s, and consumerist “buyer beware” stories in the 2000s. This presentation will trace this journalistic history and reflect on its significance within Korean adoption history. 

Lee Herrick will read from his latest book of poetry, Gardening Secrets of the Dead, a lyrical exploration of the fractured and fragmented landscape of the self. “These gorgeously rendered snapshots—a disarming fusion of lyric and meticulous narrative—are clearly the work of a true storyteller, a master of focus and fearlessness.” – Patricia Smith 


Kim Park Nelson is a scholar and educator of Korean adoption, Asian American Studies, American race relations, and American Studies. She was the lead organizer and proceedings editor for the First, Second, and upcoming International Symposia on Korean Adoption Studies in Seoul in 2007, 2010, and 2013.  She is currently working on a book, Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences and Racial Exceptionalism, which is under contract for publication by Rutgers University Press.  Kim Park Nelson is an Associate Professor of American Multicultural Studies at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. She was adopted from South Korea in 1971.

Lee Herrick is the author of two books, Gardening Secrets of the Dead (WordTech Editions , 2012) and This Many Miles from Desire (WordTech Editions, 2007).  His poems have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Review, ZYZZYVA, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, 2nd edition, and Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, among others. Born in Daejeon, South Korea and adopted at ten months old, he lives in Fresno, California and teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.

Thank you,
The AKA-SF Board

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  • Marthe

    Please make sure you have contacted: [masked] by today to RSVP. Thanks!

    February 10, 2014

  • Sang

    Not sure what my Thurs work schedule look but if I am avail, then would love to attend!

    January 27, 2014

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