ExEAS Teaching Unit
Transnational Adoption: Further Reading for Instructors

See also:
“Operation Babylift Through Film: Suggestions for Classroom Use of Precious Cargo and Daughter from Danang”
Transnational Adoption — General
ALTSTEIN, Howard and Rita J. SIMON, eds.  Intercountry Adoption: A Multinational Perspective.  New York: Praeger, 1999.

ANAGNOST, Ann.  “Scenes of Misrecognition: Maternal Citizenship in the Age of Transnational Adoption.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 8.2 (2000): 390-421.

BARTHOLET, Elizabeth.  “International Adoption: Current Status and Future Prospects.”  The Future of Children 3.1 (1993): 89-103.

ENG, David.  “Transnational Adoptions and Queer Diasporas.”  Social Text 21.3 (2003): 1-37.

GROSS, Jane.  “Seeking Doctors’ Advice in Adoptions from Afar”.  New York Times 3 January 2006.

LOVELOCK, Kirsten.  “Intercountry Adoption as a Migratory Practice: A Comparative Analysis of Intercountry Adoption and Immigration Policy and Practice in the United States, Canada and New Zealand in the Post W.W. II Period.”  International Migration Review 34.4 (2000): 907-949.

OUELLETTE, Françoise-Romaine, and Hélène BELLEAU. Family and social integration of children adopted internationally: A review of the literature. Montreal: INRS-Université du Québec, 2001.

SIMON, Rita J., and Howard ALTSTEIN.  Transracial Adoptees and their Families: A Study of Identity and Commitment.  New York: Praeger, 1987.

- - - .  Transracial Adoption: A Follow-up.  Lexington, MA: Heath, 1981.

Transracial Adoption — An Overview & Overview of International Adoption, PBS
From the website for the film First Person Plural (see “Transnational Adoption — Korea” above.)
United States Department of Homeland Security.  US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Asian Adoptions in the United States.  June 2006.

“US Implementation of Intercountry Adoption Convention.”  American Journal of International Law 95.2 (2001): 416-418.

WEIL, Richard H.  “International Adoptions: The Quiet Migration.”  International Migration Review 18.2 (1984): 276-293.

Transnational Adoption — China
BELLEFANTE, Ginia.  “To Give Children an Edge, Au Pairs from China”.  New York Times 5 September. 2006.

CLEMETSON, Lynette.  “Adopted in China, Seeking Identity in America”.  New York Times 23 March 2006.

GREENHALGH, Susan. “Fresh Winds From Beijing: Chinese Feminists Speak Out on the One-Child Policy” Signs 26.3 (Spring 2001): 847-886.

JOHNSON, Kay Ann.  “Chaobao: The Plight of Chinese Adoptive Parents in the Era of the One-Child Policy.”  Cultures of Transnational Adoptions.  Toby Alice VOLKMAN, ed.  Duke UP, 2005.

———.  Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China.  Ed. Amy KLATZKIN.  St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong, 2004.

———. “Politics of International and Domestic Adoption in China.”  Law and Society Review 36.2 (2002): 379-396.

———. “The politics of the revival of infant abandonment in China.” Population and Development Review 22 (1996): 77-98.

———. “Chinese orphanages: Saving China’s abandoned girls.” Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs, no. 30 (1993) 61-87.

JOHNSON, Kay with HUANG Banghan and WANG Liyao. “Infant abandonment and adoption in China.” Population and Development Review 24 (1998): 469-510.

LOUIE, Andrea. Chineseness across Borders: Renegotiating Chinese Identities in China and in the U.S. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

-------.“Crafting Mobile Senses of Place: Chinese American Roots-Searching in China.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 8.4 (2001).

------.“Creating Histories for the Present: Second generation (re)definitions of Chinese American Culture.” Transnationalism and the Second Generation, Mary WATERS and Peggy LEVITT, eds. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2002.

------.“Reterritorializing Transnationalism: Chinese Americans and the Chinese ‘motherland’.” American Ethnologist 27.3 (2000): 645-669. available through JSTOR.

------.“When You Are Related to the ‘Other’: (Re)locating the Chinese Homeland in Asian American Politics through Cultural Tourism.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 11 (2003): 735-763. available through Duke University Press

TSUKAMOTO, Kazuto.  “Asia/ Baby traffickers find lure of easy money hard to resist”.  The Asahi Shimbun 4 April 2006.

VOLKMAN, Toby Alice.  “Embodying Chinese Culture: Transnational Adoption in North America.”  Social Text 21.1 (2003): 29-55.

WHITE, Tyrene. “The Origins of China’s Birth Planning Policy,” pp. 250-278 in Engendering China, edited by Christina K. GILMARTIN, Gail HERSHATTER, Lisa ROFEL, and Tyrene WHITE. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994.

WONG, Yuk-Lin Renita. “Dispersing the ‘public’ and the ‘private’ — Gender and the state in the birth planning policy of China” Gender and Society. 11.4 (1997): 509-525.

See also:
Chinese Adoption Reading List, First Person Plural, PBS

Transnational Adoption — Korea
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. Survey of Adult Korean adoptees: Report on the findings. New York: Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 1999.

First Person Plural. (documentary film.) Directed by Deann Borshay LIEM. 2000. 56 minutes.  Available for rental and purchase from the Center for Asian American Media, http://asianamericanmedia.org/rf_cms/index.php?cmd=showPage&page_id=
In this personal documentary, Liem explores her adoption from Korea in 1966.  Study guides are available from the Center for Asian American Media.  See also the film’s companion website: 
A History of Adoptions from South Korea and Korean Adoptee Perspectives, PBS http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2000/firstpersonplural/historical/skadoptions.html
From the website for the film First Person Plural.
KIM, Eleana.  “Wedding Citizenship and Culture: Korean Adoptees and the Global Family of Korea.”  Cultures of Transnational Adoptions.  Toby Alice VOLKMAN, ed.  Duke UP, 2005.

———. “Korean adoptee autoethnography: Refashioning self, family, and finding community.” Visual Anthropology Review 16 (2001): 43-70.

MEIER, Dani. “Loss and reclaimed lives: Cultural identity and place in Korean American intercountry adoptees.” Ph.D. diss., University of Minnesota 1998.

Passing Through
. (documentary film.) Directed and produced by Nathan ADOLFSON. 1998. 37 minutes.  Available for purchase and rental from the Center for Asian American Media, http://asianamericanmedia.org/rf_cms/index.php?cmd=showPage&page_id=
Tells the story of a Korean adoptee’s return to Korea.
STOCK, Kimberly K. H. “Rise of a fourth culture: Korean adoptees.”  Transcultured 1.11 (1999).