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How Chinese Are You?: Adopted Chinese Youth and their Families Negotiate Identity and Culture

Andrea Louie


Chinese adoption is often viewed as creating new possibilities for the formation of multicultural, cosmopolitan families. For white adoptive families, it is an opportunity to learn more about China and Chinese culture, as many adoptive families today try to honor what they view as their children's “birth culture.” However, transnational, transracial adoption also presents challenges to families who are trying to impart in their children cultural and racial identities that they themselves do not possess, while at the same time incorporating their own racial, ethnic, and religious identities. Ma ... More

Keywords: white adoptive parents, Chinese adoption, birth culture, transracial adoption, Chinese culture, Chinese identity, racial identity, Chineseness, Chinese Americans, ethnic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479890521
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479890521.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Louie, author