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In 1955, however, a special act of Congress allowed a white couple, Bertha and Harry Holt, to adopt eight Korean War orphans.

Family was the most cherished institution in the 1950’s America, and the compelling family-centered rhetoric helped white Americans warm up to Korean War orphans.

The adoption of mostly mixed-race war orphans was replaced with the adoption of “full-blooded” Asian children born out of wedlock.

Between 1953 and 2018, approximately 170,000 Korean children were adopted by families in more than 29 countries.

Adoption increased steadily after the Korean War erupted in 1950 and peaked during the turbulent decade of the 1970s.

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