“Janine Myung Ja does an amazing job outlining in a logical fashion the roots and causes of adoption. Her writing creates a clear understanding of why adoption started and what perpetuated its momentum into the lucrative business of adoption trafficking.Amazon Reviewer on Adoption History 101: An Orphan’s Research
I think this is a must read for anyone that has connections to adoption and especially adoptees. The adoption industry is part of an adoptees history and knowing that is part of knowing ourselves. I hope many more people can read this book and understand how much misinformation and lies are out there so people can go forward making informed decisions and thoughts. “
For those who want to know how mothers all over the world have been exploited for their children, the research works of Rev. Dr. Janine Myung Ja Ph.D. are must reads.
Janine Myung Ja is best known in the “adoptee-rights” circle as the compiler and co-editor of Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists and The “Unknown” Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now. These anthologies serve to tribute domestic, transracial and intercountry adopted people and families left behind while validating their experiences and informing them of their rights.
Janine has written several feature-length screenplays on the transnational adoption experience and authored two books based on her own coming-of-age (and identity) Generation-X experience and her search for her Korean family as an adult. (Twins Found in a Box: Adapting to Adoption, and The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek Inside International Adoption)
Janine and her twin co-founded “Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Network,” resources intended to validate and empower individuals, families, and communities separated by adoption.
If you are ever tempted to deny the power of the written word, especially when used to shine the light of truth upon disinformation, and most especially when that truth puts to shame the most odious misconceptions ingrained in your favorite paradigms of everyday life, consider these astonishing words shared by Janine Myung Ja in her massively important book, Adoption History 101: An Orphan’s Research. …This is a powerfully revealing and enlightening book, deserving of major recognition in a largely overlooked area demanding the light of evolutionary change. ~Joel Dennstedt
In Adoption History 101: An Orphan’s Research, author and adoption rights activist Janine Myung Ja uncovers the ugly underbelly of the modern world-wide adoption industry and recounts some of the heartbreaking and even shocking truths about historical adoption movements and programs. In a well-researched, well-referenced text which she humbly describes as “a short summary,” she educates, advocates, and warns. ~Kimberlee J Benart
Janine researches and writes, exposing ugly truths, because she strongly believes that knowledge is power and because “humanity is better able to protect itself from exploitation when given a historical view.” Her hope is to counter the “ignorance is bliss” attitude that is so pervasive, with too few wanting to face the fact that adoption is “lose-win.” Janine Myung Ja is just that courageous! Throughout her manifesto, she gives voice to “Taken children from deprived families” by “critiquing a man-made industry that has given itself permission to acquire other people’s children.” The author, who like all adoptees had her past stolen from her, brings us this history of adoption because “To find answers, we must unearth the past.” Reviewed by MIRAH RIBEN is the author of two internationally acclaimed books: Shedding Light on The Dark Side of Adoption (1988) and The Stork Market: America’s Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry (2008)
Many recent investigations and reports have lifted veils covering organized and legally sanctioned programs that removed children from their families. All over the world, politicians are being forced to offer national apologies to the victims of these programs and to acknowledge the harm they caused. Clearly thoroughly researched, objectively written, and with meticulous attention to accuracy and acknowledgment, Adoption History 101 is ‘a portrait of adoption from the back door’. …It may be distressing for adoptive parents, but it should be compulsory reading for every would-be adoptive parent, and for everyone concerned for the welfare of children. ~Lorraine Crobcraft
As an international adoptee herself, Janine Myung Ja recounts her story of trying to trace her birth parents in South Korea. The more she researched, the more she began to question everything she knew about adoption. She relates how unsuspecting parents are duped to believe that their children will have a better life overseas; others are not even aware what the whole process of adoption involves specifically. She also presents profound research on adoption from the 17th century to the 21st century, across the European, American, Asian and African continents. She notes, “For every family created by adoption, another family is forever torn apart.” ~Edith Wairimu
Starting with the history of adoption from foreign countries–a phenomenon that started 400 years ago–Janine explains how it crystallized into a lucrative business, enriching a select few while plunging the lives of many children into pain and uncertainty. She clearly documents the lies, the machinations, and the conditioning that the adopted suffer. …Janine Myung Ja’s book is well researched, beautifully written and filled with compassion. The tone is strong and the voice compelling and firm. ~Divine Zape