2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Seeking Identity: The Analysis and Study of Adopted Chinese Children in Small American Towns
Chenxu Wang
Dr. Huping Ling, Faculty Mentor

For the past two decades, American families have adopted more than 60,000 Chinese babies. Many scholars or researchers have studied on this particular subject, and there are plenty available resources for reference to the adopted parents. This study aims at analyze the adopted Chinese children in small American towns. Unless big cities such as New York or Chicago, there are less resources and opportunities for the adopted Chinese children to interact with other adopted children. It is also difficult for the parents to find similar families to share with each other their valuable experience in adoption. This research will focus on studying the adopted children in small towns, the communication between adopted Chinese children and their parents, how do the adopted Chinese children identify themselves, how do they form their values, principles; and what the role of their adopted parents in this value formation process.

Keywords: Adopted Chinese babies, Asian studies, Chinese Cultures, Racial Identities

Topic(s):Asian Studies
Asian-American Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 308-3
Location: OP 2117
Time: 1:30

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