“Andrea Louie has written a fascinating, rich ethnography on how identity and racial consciousness are understood among adoptees from China. While Chineseness, Chinese Americanness, and Asian Americanness are important to all of them, the children in her study nevertheless describe multi-layered and multi-dimensional identities that explain how culture and race reinvent themselves. This is a must read for everyone interested in how culture and race remain fluid.”
—Margaret M. Chin, author of Sewing Women: Immigrants in the New York City Garment Industry
“Louie breathes new life into the study of transnational Chinese adoption using a personal touch, a sympathetic critique, and a very readable ethnographic narrative. As the first large cohort of people adopted from China enters their twenties, Louie’s work provides a welcome look at the multiple and innovative potentialities of constructing selves.”
—Sara K. Dorow, author of Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender, and Kinship
“Any transracial adoptive parent with a Chinese child will find immense value in this book, which provides strategic information on the adoption process of Chinese children and the issues that inevitably arise as children grow older, confront racism, and wish to connect to their birth cultures. Louie’s many contrast groups…help greatly to pinpoint cultural differences and developmental changes that adoptive parents will inevitably confront. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
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