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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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The Hong Kong Project

The Hong Kong Project

Chinese International Adoption in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s

(p.47) 2 The Hong Kong Project
Global Families

Catherine Ceniza Choy

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Chinese international adoption from Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s and links this earlier history of Asian international adoption to refugee resettlement. Beginning in the late 1950s, Chinese American and white American families adopted Chinese children in increasing numbers. The ISS-USA facilitated the adoptions of Chinese refugee children from Hong Kong under the auspices of the so-called “Hong Kong Project.” In 1958, the ISS-USA, in collaboration with Hong Kong agencies, facilitated the international adoption of Chinese orphans in the United States. By the early 1960s, more than 500 Chinese children had been adopted through the Hong Kong Project. This chapter first provides a background on the Hong Kong Project before discussing how the Chinese international adoption from Hong Kong differed from Asian international adoption from Japan and Korea. It then considers the issue of race in Chinese international adoption and concludes with an explanation of how the process of international adoption works.

Keywords:   race, Chinese international adoption, Hong Kong, Asian international adoption, refugee resettlement, Chinese children, ISS-USA, Chinese refugee children, Hong Kong Project, Chinese orphans

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