West Meets East

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Who are the new families that are appearing on city streets, in suburban malls, and at Fourth of July celebrations? The parents, in their 40s and 50s, are obviously Caucasian, and their very young daughters are obviously Chinese. This book is about these new American & Chinese families that are being formed through the mechanism of international adoption.

The first survey of bicultural Chinese-American children, based on personal experience and rigorous research, both ...

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Overview

Who are the new families that are appearing on city streets, in suburban malls, and at Fourth of July celebrations? The parents, in their 40s and 50s, are obviously Caucasian, and their very young daughters are obviously Chinese. This book is about these new American & Chinese families that are being formed through the mechanism of international adoption.

The first survey of bicultural Chinese-American children, based on personal experience and rigorous research, both documents these adoptions and examines their implications for American society. This book will be of great use to couples considering or living with adopted Chinese children, professionals in social welfare and education, and scholars and other researchers involved with American multiculturalism.

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Documents some of the issues confronting Americans who adopt children from China, drawing on a 1996 survey of 526 parents, as well as first- person stories, relevant historical accounts, and an unusual key informant perspective on Chinese culture and values. Issues discussed include socialization, the socio-political context that leads Chinese girls to be available for adoption, and implications of the age gap for the parent-child relationship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897896573
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1999
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD TESSLER is Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts' Social and Demographic Research Institute.

GAIL GAMACHE is Professor Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

LIMING LIU is a Ph.D candidate in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a research assistant at the Social and Demographic Research Institute.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Adopting from China 27
3 The New American & Chinese Families 57
4 The Birth Country 83
5 Parental Attitudes 105
6 Public Reactions 135
7 Looking to the Future 155
Bibliography 177
Index 185
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