Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


While scholarly work on adoption, transnational adoption, and specifically international adoption from China has been robust, it has tended to focus on studying parents and parenting. This paper analyzes the resources used by both parents and children to discuss race, culture, and adoption, and seeks to understand the effects of these parenting strategies on Chinese American adoptees, who have begun to reach young adulthood in the last ten years. Examining the recent growth of adoptee communities reveals that a shared and complex adoptee identity is a more powerful nexus than shared Chineseness.


Recipient of the Alice L. Crossley Prize in Asian Studies and the Robert S. DuPlessis Prize, awarded in 2020.