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Global FamiliesA History of Asian International Adoption in America$
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Catherine Ceniza Choy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717226

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717226.001.0001

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Global Family Making

Global Family Making

Narratives by and about Adoptive Families

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Global Families

Catherine Ceniza Choy

NYU Press

This chapter examines the emotional costs of Asian international adoption in the United States by focusing on the less well-known stories of pioneering American adoptive families. In particular, it considers serious challenges that accompanied creating a family through international adoption, including spousal disagreements, financial stress, adjustment difficulties, and racial anxieties, as well as the joys of global family making. Based on such narratives, the chapter challenges the notion that adoptive children experienced a smooth and joyful transition upon arrival in the United States. Instead, it presents a more nuanced and honest portrayal of the emotional ups and downs that American families go through, not to mention the financial costs involved, when adopting Asian children.

Keywords:   emotional costs, Asian international adoption, American adoptive families, family making, adoptive children, financial costs, Asian children

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