Master of Science
Department or Program
Mass Communication and Media Arts
This project aims to share the experience of a South Korean immigrant woman in the United States in her journey of adopting a White embryo through the medium of a photographic essay. In doing so, the objective is to explore how the changing ethnoscape of the world and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is bringing the world together, the ways in which it has created a provision for an inversion of adoption norms simultaneously enabling mother-child bonding experiences from conception to childbirth, which is largely lacking in traditional methods of adoption. Although there are benefits and possibilities created via ART, any such collision between medicine and a complex society will create gray areas, difficult to foresee and theorize and even more difficult to negotiate as a subject living with their consequences. Questioning and addressing the benefits, disadvantages, and gray areas of embryo adoption is significant to understand the future of ART and its impact on an ever-changing society.