Global Families A History of Asian International Adoption in America

ISBN-10: 1479892173
ISBN-13: 9781479892174
Edition: 2013
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In the last fifty years, transnational adoption—specifically, the adoption of Asian children—has exploded in popularity as an alternative path to family making. Despite the cultural acceptance of this practice, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the factors that allowed Asian international adoption to flourish. In Global Families, Catherine Ceniza Choy unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States. Beginning with the post-World War II presence of the U.S. military in Asia, she reveals how mixed-race children born of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese women and U.S. servicemen comprised one of the earliest groups of adoptive children.              Based on extensive archival research, Global Families moves beyond one-dimensional portrayals of Asian international adoption as either a progressive form of U.S. multiculturalism or as an exploitative form of cultural and economic imperialism. Rather, Choy acknowledges the complexity of the phenomenon, illuminating both its radical possibilities of a world united across national, cultural, and racial divides through family formation and its strong potential for reinforcing the very racial and cultural hierarchies it sought to challenge. Catherine Ceniza Choy is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is the author of the award-winning book Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History.

Catherine Ceniza Choy is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is the author of the award-winning book Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History .

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: International Adoption Nation
Race and Rescue in Early Asian International Adoption History
The Hong Kong Project: Chinese International Adoption in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s
A World Vision: The Labor of Asian International Adoption
Global Family Making: Narratives by and about Adoptive Families
To Make Historical Their Own Stories: Adoptee Narratives as Asian American History
Conclusion: New Geographies, Historical Legacies
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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