The Adoption Trip
In this chapter, the author reflects on her May 2002 trip to China with a group of adoptive parents as they received their adopted children and processed the adoption paperwork. She describes the trip as a liminal experience for parents and a reflection of the dichotomy between Asian and white, foreign and domestic, that permeates the Orientalist worldviews with which most white adoptive parents have been raised. Thus, the China trip provides an important context for the shaping of parents' understandings of the relationship between race, culture, and adoption. The author also considers the subjective processes by which Chineseness is experienced, mediated, and produced in an interactive, dialogic fashion and how the adoptive parents' trip to China allowed them to continue to experience and shape their versions of Chinese culture from afar after they returned home.
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