Christianity, Race, Gender, and Family-Making
I conclude this book by arguing that although various actors used different methods, the adoption evangelists were united in the purpose of improving the condition of orphaned East Asian children during the 1950s. I also examine the possibilities and limitations of Christian humanitarianism, focusing particularly on how the adoption evangelists of the 1950s helped redefine traditional family values and attitudes toward race in contemporary America. By connecting the dots between history and current trends in transnational adoption, child sponsorship programs, and evangelical missions, I investigate whether they had an enduring effect on contemporary American society as a whole.
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