Intercountry Adoptees Tell Their Stories

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Intercountry Adoptees Tell Their Stories reflects the thoughts and experiences of adult transracial adoptees. The authors conducted in-depth interviews in order to understand and examine the adoptees' attitudes toward identity, culture, race, and parenting within a multicultural household. The men and women interviewed in this study offer the readers a detailed and personal glimpse into their worlds. They represent a range of positive and negative adoption stories and describe the complexities of ethnic identity formation. Each experience related in this volume is unique not only in demographic characteristics, but in the journey that each participant has undertaken in his or her transition to adulthood and identity formation. What emerges from the interviews is a broad collection of voices speaking out from all corners of the country about their adoption.

About the Author:
Heather Ahn-Redding is assistant professor of criminal justice at High Point University, North Carolina

About the Author:
Rita J. Simon is professor of justice, law, and society at American University

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, June 2009 - Lynn Baxter
Worth reading.
Howard Altstein
Intercountry Adoptees Tell Their Stories includes fascinating interviews with adult African-American, Asian, Hispanic and white interracial adoptees born in many parts of the world including the U.S. The in-depth interviews speak for themselves revealing how being interracially adopted has effected these individual's perceptions of themselves as men and women, how they see their adopted and birth families, and how their multi-racial experiences coincides within a world often defined in racial terms. For a family thinking about interracial adoption, this is a 'must read.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739118559
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/9/2007
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Ahn-Redding is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at High Point University, North Carolina. Rita J. Simon is Professor of Justice, Law and Society at American University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Intercountry Adoption
Introduction to Interviews
Jodi     31
Terry Boesch     41
Carrie     61
Christine Simpson     74
Casey Stell     85
Kate     99
Lisa Lim     110
Tony     130
Chris Dum     144
Benjamin Nguyen Wexler     153
Ryan Killacky     164
Justine Case     178
Jennifer     189
Maria     206
Polly Bettencourt     227
Michele Matthis     238
Judith Craig     250
Tim     261
United States: African American
Teresa Doniger     277
United States: Caucasian
Adam Sackett     293
Flutie     317
Summary and Concluding Remarks
Bibliography     327
Index     329
About the Authors     339
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