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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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A World Vision

A World Vision

The Labor of Asian International Adoption

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(p.75) 3 A World Vision
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Global Families
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Catherine Ceniza Choy

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814717226.003.0004

This chapter examines the role of social service agencies, independent adoption organizations, humanitarian organizations, and individuals in facilitating Asian international adoption in the United States. The labor of many different agencies and organizations, it argues, has transformed the United States into an international adoption nation. It also highlights the efforts of charismatic individuals who popularized international and transracial adoption in the United States in the mid-twentieth century, including Harry and Bertha Holt, Nobel Prize-winning writer Pearl S. Buck, and screen siren Jane Russell. In addition, it considers Asian international adoption in the historical context of US immigration and how it created a vision of the world in which national, cultural, and political borders could and should be crossed. In particular, it looks at the work of World Vision, a Portland, Oregon-based organization founded by Christian minister Bob Pierce to facilitate international adoption from Asia. Finally, the chapter assesses the legacy of independent adoption programs in America.

Keywords:   social service agencies, independent adoption organizations, humanitarian organizations, Asian international adoption, transracial adoption, Jane Russell, immigration, World Vision, independent adoption programs

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