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Outsiders Within Writing on Transracial Adoption

ISBN-10: 0896087646
ISBN-13: 9780896087644
Edition: 2006
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Description: Given Madonna's recent decision to adopt a child from Malawi, newsand entertainment are abuzz with what you've observed yourself-in yourown family, or the family next door, or passing the neighborhoodplayground- there's a boom in transracial  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: South End Press
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Given Madonna's recent decision to adopt a child from Malawi, newsand entertainment are abuzz with what you've observed yourself-in yourown family, or the family next door, or passing the neighborhoodplayground- there's a boom in transracial adoption. Mostcoverage focuses on the struggles of good white parents wishing toadopt "unfortunate" children of color. Some touches on the irony ofBlack babies in the United States being exported to Canada and Europebecause of their "unwanted" status here. Some even addresses thetrafficking of children (of course, it would-that's sensational). Butfew look at o why babies are available for adoption in the first place o what happens when they grow up and o how we come up with solutions that are humane and just Healthy white infants have become hard to locate andexpensive to adopt. So people from around the world turn to interracialand intercountry adoption, often, like Madonna, with the idea thatwhile growing their families, they're saving children from destitution.But as Outsiders Within reveals, while transracial adoptionis a practice traditionally considered benevolent, it often exacts aheavy emotional, cultural, and even economic toll. Through compelling essays, fiction, poetry, and art, the contributors to this landmark publication carefully explore this most intimate aspect of globalization. Finally, in the unmediated voices of the adults who have matured within it, we find a rarely-considered view of adoption, an institution that pulls apart old families and identities and grafts new ones. Moving beyond personal narrative, these transracially adopted writers from around the world tackle difficult questions about how to survive the racist and ethnocentric worlds they inhabit, what connects the countries relinquishing their children to the countries importing them, why poor families of color have their children removed rather than supported-about who, ultimately, they are. In their inquiry, they unseat conventional understandings of adoption politics, ultimately reframing the controversy as a debate that encompasses human rights, peace, and reproductive justice.

Jane Jeong Trenka has won numerous awards and fellowships for her writing. The Language of Blood is her first book.

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Where Are You Really From?
Garlic and Salt
Love Is Colorblind: Reflections of a Mixed Girl
Power of the Periphery
Finding the Universal: Reflections on a Multi-Prismed Identity
How Did You Get Here?
Economic Miracles
Adoption Myths and Racial Realities in the United States
The Finer Meaning
Parents in Prison, Children in Crisis
Orphaning the Children of Welfare: "Crack Babies," Race, and Adoption Reform
Shopping for Children in the International Marketplace
Disappeared Children and the Adoptee as Immigrant
Colonial Imaginations, Global Migrations
If I Pull Away
Flying the Coop: ICWA and the Welfare of Indian Children
From Orphan Trains to Babylifts: Colonial Trafficking, Empire Building, and Social Engineering
Scattered Seeds: The Christian Influence on Korean Adoption
Growing Through The Pain
Hunger
Korean Psych 101: Concepts of Hwa-Byung [Characters not reproducible] In Relation to Korean Adoption
Evolve
Lifelong Impact, Enduring Need
From Victim to Survivor
Tending Denial
Performing Childhood
Journeys Home?
What Lies Beneath: Reframing Daughter from Danang
Proud To Be Me
Praise Song for Ala
Speaking for Ourselves
Researching Adoption: Whose Perspective and What Issues?
Beyond the Vietnam War Adoptions: RePresenting Our Transracial Lives
No Longer Alone In This Grief: Service-User-Led Support For Transracial Adoptees
The Making of KAD Nation
Generation After Generation We Are Coming Home
Organizational Resources for Adoptees
Index

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