Korean Transracial Adoption in Minnesota

Korean adoption to the United States began at the end of the Korean War and continues in the 2010s. Over 200,000 Korean children have been adopted worldwide, with over 120,000 joining American homes. Minnesota has the highest concentration of Korean adoptees of any state, and its large and visible Korean adoptee population has made crucial contributions to local culture.

Black and white photograph of the Wiens family homestead, ca. 1950s

Wiens family homestead

The Wiens family homestead, site of the Bible studies meetings that led to the formation of Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church. Photograph by Mountain Lake Studio, ca. 1950s.

Mennonite Migration to Cottonwood County

Believing that war and violence are inconsistent with Jesus’s teachings to love one’s enemies, a group of people from Molotschna Colony, Russia—Mennonites of Dutch descent—searched for a permanent home in the early 1870s. They found such a place, where they could follow their faith without persecution, in Minnesota’s Cottonwood County.

Color image of the he skyline of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis viewed from the north. At center are the Riverside Plaza complex of apartment buildings and Mixed Blood Theatre. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi, May 3, 2017.

Skyline of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

The skyline of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis viewed from the north. At center are the Riverside Plaza complex of apartment buildings and Mixed Blood Theatre. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi, May 3, 2017.

Color image of the interior of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM), 2017. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi.

Interior of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM)

Interior of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM), 2017. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi.

Exterior of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM), 2017. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi.

Exterior of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM)

Exterior of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM), 2017. Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi.

Color image of Mohamud Noor, executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM). Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi, April 24, 2017.

Mohamud Noor

Mohamud Noor, executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM). Photograph by Ibrahim Hirsi, April 24, 2017.

Color image of participants in a leadership development program gather around Malala Yousafzai (at center, in green) at the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota in August 2016.

CSCM program participants with Malala Yousafzai

Participants in a leadership development program gather around Malala Yousafzai (at center, in green) at the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, August 2016. Yousafzai, a Nobel Prize winner and Pakistani-born international women’s rights advocate, visited Minneapolis in July of that year to deliver a public address at Target Center.

Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota

Founded in 1994, the Minneapolis-based Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM) is one of the oldest Somali-operated nonprofit organizations in the state. For more than two decades, it has provided job and education services as well as health care and legal assistance to members of the community who face language and cultural barriers.

Adhan (call to prayer) at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque

The adhan (call to prayer) is recited before each prayer. This audio clip includes the adhan recited by Ahmed Jamal at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis on January 8, 2016.

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