Daily Notes on Literature, Pop Culture & Media, and Academia

Narratives of Adoption and Race

Posted by litdaily on September 7, 2010

In this article, “Transracial Adoption from the Adoptee’s Point of View,” C.N. Le stresses the importance of considering issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in celebratory narratives of adoption (especially those of Asian descent) in the media…more>>

He urges the necessity of viewing adoption as traumatic and inflected by racial issues.  The article is heartfelt and boldly intervenes in the western “humanitarian” rhetoric on adopting children from “Third World” countries.  It also places emphasis on the intangible elements that are lost when adoption occurs, such as language, regardless of the age of the adoptees.


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