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How Chinese Are You?Adopted Chinese Youth and their Families Negotiate Identity and Culture$
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Andrea Louie

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479890521

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479890521.001.0001

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A Background on Transnational and Transracial Adoption

A Background on Transnational and Transracial Adoption

(p.39) 2 A Background on Transnational and Transracial Adoption
How Chinese Are You?

Andrea Louie

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the methods and positionality used in this ethnographic study on the processes by which Chinese American and white adoptive parents negotiate Chineseness and Chinese culture within the context of racial and class politics. Drawing primarily on interviews combined with participant observation and focus group discussions involving more than seventy-five individuals, the chapter explores the views of adoptive parents in St. Louis, Missouri, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, regarding adoption as well as issues of Chinese and Chinese American culture. The chapter provides an overview of the adoptive families in the Midwest and in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with transnational and transracial adoption.

Keywords:   white adoptive parents, Chineseness, Chinese culture, St. Louis, Missouri, San Francisco Bay Area, Midwest, transnational adoption, transracial adoption, Chinese American adoptive parents

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