Reframing Transracial Adoption by Kristi Brian
Adopted Koreans, White Parents, and the Politics of Kinship (Asian American History and Culture)

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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.


About Kristi Brian

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Kristi Brian teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Charleston.
Published May 11, 2012 by Temple University Press. 230 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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