Not My White Savior: A Memoir in Poems


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$14.95  $13.75
Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Julayne Lee was given up for adoption in South Korea as a result of the Korean War. She was adopted by an all-white Christian family in Minnesota, where she grew up. She has spent over fifteen years working with Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAKs). She lived in Seoul and now resides in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the LA Futbolistas and Adoptee Solidarity Korea--Los Angeles (ASK-LA). She is also part of the Adoptee Rights Campaign working to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship. This is her first book.


"I thank God for this book! Not My White Savior. Julayne Lee has me captured in all of the poems. In her poem, "The sound of my name is revolution," she mentions that the sound of her name is "a melody, unknown familiar song...a punch to my gut." Revolution. One of my favorite poems in this book is the letter to family called "Dear white family" where she explains "I cannot meet you on your white side, white lies suffocated me." I love this collection of poems. Another favorite of mine is "Fuck you white Barbie" where she states "White Barbie did not help my self-esteem, she deceived me into thinking I had status." Julayne goes IN in this book about being a Korean adoptee into a white American family. Listen to her revolution song."
--Jaha Zainabu, writer, poet, and writing teacher at the Community Literature Initiative

"Through the lens of her experience, Julayne Lee reveals in these poems the trauma of adoptees, the blindness of the world to their suffering, and the truths we must understand in order to do the work of ending a practice that sees children as profit."
--Beau Sia

"Not My White Savior is an unflinching poetry collection that rages against the injustices suffered in silence by the adoptee community and, for many years to come, will serve as both beacon and megaphone for those two hundred thousand forgotten children scattered across the globe."
--World Literature Today