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Adopting for GodThe Mission to Change America through Transnational Adoption$
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Soojin Chung

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479808847

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479808847.001.0001

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Christianity, Race, Gender, and Family-Making

(p.141) Conclusion
Adopting for God

Soojin Chung

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   Christian humanitarianism, contemporary adoption boom, Orphan Sunday, evangelical orphan crisis, colorblind racism

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