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Reframing Transracial Adoption: Adopted Koreans, White Parents, and the Politics of Kinship
by Kristi Brian
Temple University Press, 2012
Paper: 978-1-4399-0184-7 | eISBN: 978-1-4399-0185-4 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-0183-0
Library of Congress Classification HV875.64.B75 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.734089957073

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Until the late twentieth century, the majority of foreign-born children adopted in the United States came from Korea. In the absorbing book Reframing Transracial Adoption, Kristi Brian investigates the power dynamics at work between the white families, the Korean adoptees, and the unknown birth mothers. Brian conducts interviews with adult adopted Koreans, adoptive parents, and adoption agency facilitators in the United States to explore the conflicting interpretations of race, culture, multiculturalism, and family.

Brian argues for broad changes as she critiques the so-called "colorblind" adoption policy in the United States. Analyzing the process of kinship formation, the racial aspects of these adoptions, and the experience of adoptees, she reveals the stifling impact of dominant nuclear-family ideologies and the crowded intersections of competing racial discourses.

Brian finds a resolution in the efforts of adult adoptees to form coherent identities and launch powerful adoption reform movements.


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