Berkeley, California



About the conference

Me & Korea is pleased to announce it will co-host a free conference in Berkeley, CA in February of 2020, along with Mu Films and UC Berkeley.

The conference will focus on Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, exploring the impact of South Korea's "economic miracle" on children, families, and single mothers (and of course, by extension, adoption).

Through planned lectures and breakout sessions with policy experts, academic professors, and Korean birth mothers, the conference will take a closer look at export-oriented industrialization policies, population control, emigration policies, the hojuje system and other factors that contributed to a major expansion of transnational adoption during this period.

The Korean War is often cited as the primary reason for Korean children being sent overseas, yet the majority of Korean children were sent for adoption during a period of rising affluence decades after the war. Our goal is to shed light on this aspect of Korea’s transnational adoption history and shift public dialogue and awareness to contemporary factors.




Please save the dates of Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22!

Note: some programming may be scheduled for the morning of Sunday, February 23.


We will be reserving blocks of rooms at Berkeley area hotels. Please stay tuned for hotel recommendations! If you plan on attending and would like to coordinate shared lodging with friends or other tour alumni, we also recommend searching for Airbnbs in Berkeley, CA. The conference will take place on or near UC Berkeley’s campus.


Traveling to the Bay Area? Look for flights into Oakland (OAK) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

For Mosaic Tour Alumni

We are still working on details, but save the date for a Mosaic Tour alumni event on the evening of Friday, Feb. 21!


Conference date:

Feb. 21-22, 2020

Conference Location:

Berkeley, CA

We want to hear from you! Please take our survey to indicate what other topics and breakout sessions might be of interest at the conference.