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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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International Adoption Nation

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Global Families

Catherine Ceniza Choy

NYU Press

This book examines the historical origins of the highly celebrated and deeply controversial Asian international adoption in America. Drawing on the author's experience living and teaching in Minnesota for six and a half years, it challenges the popular notion that adoption of Asian children in America is a progressive form of US multiculturalism on the one hand, or an exploitative form of cultural and economic imperialism on the other. The book instead argues that the history of international adoption in America as a history of race, foreign relations, immigration, labor, and intimacy as well as a unique yet increasingly normative type of family formation.

Keywords:   race, Asian international adoption, America, Minnesota, multiculturalism, foreign relations, immigration, labor, family formation, Asian children

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