Militarization, Gender, and the 'Militaristic Gaze' in Korean Adoption


Location: DeBartolo Hall, Room 118

Soojin Pate, University of Minnesota

Pate will discuss how U.S. occupation militarized Korea’s social welfare system, as well as war orphans, through the building of Korean orphanages. The highly radicalized, gendered, and sexualized process of U.S. militarization transformed these children into militarized subjects who ended up serving the geopolitical interests of the U.S. Rather than a humanitarian rescue project, Korean adoption became a tool of U.S. empire.

Sponsored by the Department of American Studies