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While my identity has always been a complex personal journey, I became interested in the history of Korean adoption as a doctoral student.

Russel was heavily involved with the World Adoption International Fund (WAIF) program of ISS, including its Korean adoption activities.

The profession of social work institutionalized international adoption in the mid-1950s.

These are vast improvements, but understanding the larger, much more complicated historical narrative of Korean adoption is still missing.

Editor’s note: Shawyn Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

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