The Adopted Diaspora’s Return to Korea

August 16, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Catherine Ceniza Choy
South Korea plays a central role in the history of international and transracial adoption. What happens when the adopted Korean diaspora returns to the homeland beyond a temporary visit? And what might artistic production by and about Korean international adoptees who have returned to live in Korea say about the history and contemporary state of international adoption?

Fethullah Gülen: public intellectual or public enemy?

August 8, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Joshua D. Hendrick
The implications of Turkey’s failed military coup are deeply concerning for Turkey, the region and the world. The Turkish government insists Fethullah Gülen orchestrated the coup, and are demanding both domestic and international cooperation to bring him and his alleged co-conspirators to justice. What do we know about this man and his movement?

Buying a Bride vs. Making a Match

June 21, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Marcia Zug
The stigma of meeting someone online is gone, but there is one glaring exception to this acceptance: mail-order marriage. The dislike of mail-order marriage has a complicated history, but while the reasons men and women seek mail-order marriages have changed throughout the centuries, its use as a means to increase one’s marital options and thereby improve one’s situation through marriage has changed very little.

Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton Is Not Throwing Away Its Second Shot

June 13, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Andrew M. Schocket
What’s especially noteworthy about Hamilton’s recent posthumous pop-culture stardom is that it was launched by a dozen-year-old biography that is once again on the best-seller lists: Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton (2004). How should we think about Chernow’s massive account—currently again one of the top-selling history books in the nation—not only as a biography and work of history, but also at the epicenter of this new Hamilton-mania?

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