This dissertation explores the policy implications of statelessness by examining G.I. babies, born of non-marital sexual relations between U.S. soldiers in South Korea and Korean women between 1953 and 1965. Using English and Korean language documents about adoption and immigration of stateless GI babies, my work shows that statelessness reveals a racially exclusionary vision of national belonging that shaped citizenship policies of both nations. The GI babies' presence challenged the myth of racial purity and confounded racial categories in both nations. The dissertation seeks to elucidate some limits of Cold War racial liberalism informed by humanitarian concerns for abandoned Korean war orphans but helped maintain racially exclusionary strategies on citizenship conferral that made the children stateless.
University of Minnesota. Ph.D. dissertation. June 2010. Major:American Studies. Advisors:Lary L. May, Hiromi Mizuno. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 239 pages.
Intimate encounters, racial frontiers:stateless GI babies in South Korea and the United States, 1953-1965..
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