Adopted Identities

This is the narrative of Transnational and Transracial Adoption in the United States: the history, politics, economies, representations, and experiences. As a cultural practice, how are transnational adoptions reconceptualizing the meaning of race, ethnicity, and nationality?


How many cities, how many daughters and mothers?

NPR has provided some poignant coverage the last few months on the reverberating impacts of the one-child policy in China, it's recent repeal, and the crossroads of identity.

Jenna Cook was born in China and abandoned on a street in the huge city of Wuhan in 1992 when she was just a baby.

In Response to the Misappropriation of Transracial Identity, part II

Where is Rachel Dolezal now? Apparently she’s still holding to her black identity and pregnant. That aside, Dolezal’s case slid further back in my mind following the series of shootings this summer, within my own community and the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

'You don’t see me the way I see myself': In Response to Rachel Dolezal and the Misappropriation of Transracial Identity, part I

This week, the name Rachel Dolezal has filled the headlines of media and reignited a conversation on identity politics in the United States. The former chapter president of NAACP in Spokane, WA has identified herself as an African-American woman, yet does not have any biological black or African-American ancestry.

History of Transnational Adoption: Ancient times – 1970s

This is the first of two posts to provide historical context on transnational adoption as a cultural practice, starting from ancient times through the 1970s. The Adoption History Project, a funded research initiative by Ellen Herman from the Department of History at the University of Oregon, provided a bulk of knowledge on the history and subsequentially led to other searches and resources.

Whose identity is adopted?

Adoption has reconstituted the meaning of family, race, ethnicity, culture, and identity in the United States. Overseas, or international, adoption is the process of transferring a child of a foreign nationality into the kinship and nationality of the newly assumed adoptive family. However, this blog uses the distinction of ‘trans’national and in many cases, ‘trans’racial, because our present global condition demands it.