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In Their Parents Voices

Author: Rita J. Simon
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023151235X
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Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda's In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories shared the experiences of twenty-four black and biracial children who had been adopted into white families in the late 1960s and 70s. The book has since become a standard resource for families and practitioners, and now, in this sequel, we hear from the parents of these remarkable families and learn what it was like for them to raise children across racial and cultural lines. These candid interviews shed light on the issues these parents encountered, what part race played during thirty plus years of parenting, what they learned about themselves, and whether they would recommend transracial adoption to others. Combining trenchant historical and political data with absorbing firsthand accounts, Simon and Roorda once more bring an academic and human dimension to the literature on transracial adoption.

In Their Siblings Voices

Author: Rita James Simon
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023114850X
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This book provides a gateway to understanding the emotional and social adjustments that siblings of transracially adopted children make in blended families. An indispensible resource for parents who are considering or have adopted transracially, for professionals who advise adoptive parents, and for teachers of children in families formed through transracial adoption.

In Their Voices

Author: Rhonda M. Roorda
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231540485
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While many proponents of transracial adoption claim that American society is increasingly becoming "color-blind," a growing body of research reveals that for transracial adoptees of all backgrounds, racial identity does matter. Rhonda M. Roorda elaborates significantly on that finding, specifically studying the effects of the adoption of black and biracial children by white parents. She incorporates diverse perspectives on transracial adoption by concerned black Americans of various ages, including those who lived through Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era. All her interviewees have been involved either personally or professionally in the lives of transracial adoptees, and they offer strategies for navigating systemic racial inequalities while affirming the importance of black communities in the lives of transracial adoptive families. In Their Voices is for parents, child-welfare providers, social workers, psychologists, educators, therapists, and adoptees from all backgrounds who seek clarity about this phenomenon. The author examines how social attitudes and federal policies concerning transracial adoption have changed over the last several decades. She also includes suggestions on how to revise transracial adoption policy to better reflect the needs of transracial adoptive families. Perhaps most important, In Their Voices is packed with advice for parents who are invested in nurturing a positive self-image in their adopted children of color and the crucial perspectives those parents should consider when raising their children. It offers adoptees of color encouragement in overcoming discrimination and explains why a "race-neutral" environment, maintained by so many white parents, is not ideal for adoptees or their families.


Author: Kimberly P. Brackett
ISBN: 9780313340970
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Everyone is part of a family, but what constitutes a family is one of the most hotly debated issues in the United States today. Battleground: The Family provides extensive coverage of those critical issues in U.S. culture concerning current and future family life, such as dating, marriage, parenting, work and family, abuse, and divorce. The scholarly contributors to this set provide unbiased coverage on these often incendiary topics, allowing students to assess the role of these controversies in their own lives. Entries thoroughly introduce the topic of concern, describe the problem as it currently exists, provide context for the controversies surrounding it, synthesize the current knowledge on the topic, and guide the reader to additional areas for consideration. Battleground: The Family serves as a starting point for those advanced high school and beginning undergraduate students who wish to pursue a more detailed study of family controversies and cultural concerns for classroom assignments. Non-specialist readers will also find this a useful resource in critically assessing current trends and conflicts in constituent groups' conceptions of family. - Publisher.

Wolkent Chter

Author: Xinran
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426412136
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Zehn Frauen und ihre bewegenden Geschichten, die alle von dem schmerzlichen Verlust der eigenen Tochter erzählen: Da ist Kumei, die von ihrer Familie gezwungen wurde, ihre beiden Töchter kurz nach der Geburt zu töten. Was sollte man mit den nutzlosen Wesen auch anfangen? Oder ein Ehepaar, das sich während einer Zugfahrt liebevoll um seine Tochter kümmerte – und sie dennoch an einem verlassenen Bahnhof aussetzte. Und Xinran selbst, die ein Mädchen vor dem Dasein als Waise retten wollte. Doch ihr Verstoß gegen die Ein-Kind- Politik wurde so geahndet, dass sie das Mädchen für immer verlor.

Tochter Des Ganges

Author: Asha Miró
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Verlag)
ISBN: 9783404615735
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"Ich möchte so gerne Eltern haben" ═ die fünfjährige Asha fragt immer wieder bei den Schwestern des Waisenhauses in Bombay, wann sie wohl eine echte Familie haben würde. Schließlich wird sie von einem Ehepaar in Barcelona aufgenommen, das bereits ein kleines Mädchen adoptiert hat. Die glückliche Kindheit bei dieser Familie ist ihr höchstes Gut, als sie sich entschließt, nach ihrer leiblichen Familie in Indien zu suchen. Sie begibt sich auf ein Abenteuer, an dessen Ende der glückliche Moment steht, in dem sie die Arme um ihre Verwandten schließen darf. Die Vergangenheit, die sich für immer verloren gelaubt hatte, wird wieder lebendig, und der Kreis um dieses glückliche Leben schließt sich.

The Dance Of Identities

Author: John David Palmer
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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Korean adoptees have a difficult time relating to any of the racial identity models because they are people of color who often grew up in white homes and communities. Biracial and nonadopted people of color typically have at least one parent whom they can racially identify with, which may also allow them access to certain racialized groups. When Korean adoptees attempt to immerse into the Korean community, they feel uncomfortable and unwelcome because they are unfamiliar with Korean customs and language. The Dance of Identities looks at how Korean adoptees dance, or engage, with their various identities (white, Korean, Korean adoptee, and those in between and beyond) and begin the journey toward self-discovery and empowerment. Throughout the author draws closely on his own experiences and those of thirty-eight other Korean adoptees, mainly from the U.S. Chapters are organized according to major themes that emerged from interviews with adoptees. Wanting to be like White examines assimilation into a White middle-class identity during childhood. Although their White identity may be challenged at times, for the most part adoptees feel accepted as honorary Whites among their families and friends. Opening Pandora s Box discusses the shattering of adoptees early views on race and racism and the problems of being raised colorblind in a race-conscious society. Engaging and Reflecting is filled with adoptee voices as they discover their racial and transracial identities as young adults. During this stage many engage in activities that they believe make more culturally Korean, such as joining Korean churches and Korean student associations in college. Questioning What I Have Done delves into the issues that arise when Korean adoptees explore their multiple identities and the possible effects on relationships with parents and spouses. In Empowering Identities the author explores how adoptees are able to take control of their racial and transracial identities by reaching out to parents, prospective parents, and adoption agencies and by educating Korean and Korean Americans about their lives. The final chapter, Linking the Dance of Identities Theory to Life Experiences, reiterates for adoptees, parents, adoption agencies, and social justice activists and educators the need for identity journeys and the empowered identities that can result. The Dance of Identities is an honest look at the complex nature of race and how we can begin to address race and racism from a fresh perspective. It will be well received by not only members of the Korean adoption community and transracial parents, but also Asian American scholars, educators, and social workers.