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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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Negotiating Chineseness in Everyday Life

Negotiating Chineseness in Everyday Life

(p.185) 6 Negotiating Chineseness in Everyday Life
How Chinese Are You?

Andrea Louie

NYU Press

This chapter explores the productions of Chineseness as a form of cultural and racial identity within the context of everyday lives of adoptive parents and their children. More specifically, it considers how these forms of Chineseness operate in relation to race, culture, and adoption that define adoptive families. It focuses on what adoptive parents do with their new, though often admittedly limited, knowledge about Chinese culture and how processes of Chinese American cultural production work. It also examines the construction of adoption narratives by Chinese adoptees and what combination of family tradition and cultural innovation characterizes the production of Chinese culture by adoptive parents. Finally, it asks whether there is any “work” that productions of Chineseness may perform within the context of shifting patterns of U.S. multiculturalism.

Keywords:   cultural identity, racial identity, adoptive parents, Chineseness, race, Chinese adoption, Chinese culture, cultural production, Chinese adoptees, multiculturalism

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