Intimate Encounters, Racial Frontiers: The Stateless GI Babies in South Korea and the United States, 1953-1965


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships


American Studies


This dissertation explores the policy implications of statelessness by examining “G.I. babies,” children born of non-marital sexual relations between US soldiers and Korean women between 1953 and 1965 in South Korea. Using both English- and Korean-language documents about adoption and immigration of the G.I. babies, it shows that these children triggered both the United States and Korea to redefine access to citizenship and meanings of race. In so doing, this dissertation argues that citizenship policies of both nations formalized a racially exclusionary vision of national belonging.