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Outsiders Within : Writing on Transracial Adoption (06 Edition)

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Given Madonna's recent decision to adopt a child from Malawi, news and entertainment are abuzz with what you've observed yourself—in your own family, or the family next door, or passing the neighborhood playground—there's a boom in transracial adoption. Most coverage focuses on the struggles of good white parents wishing to adopt "unfortunate" children of color. Some touches on the irony of Black babies in the United States being exported to Canada and Europe because of their "unwanted" status here. Some even addresses the trafficking of children (of course, it would—that's sensational). But few look at

o why babies are available for adoption in the first place

o what happens when they grow up and

o how we come up with solutions that are humane and just

Healthy white infants have become hard to locate and expensive to adopt. So people from around the world turn to interracial and intercountry adoption, often, like Madonna, with the idea that while growing their families, they’re saving children from destitution. But as Outsiders Within reveals, while transracial adoption is a practice traditionally considered benevolent, it often exacts a heavy emotional, cultural, and even economic toll.

Through compelling essays, fiction, poetry, and art, the contributors to this landmark publication carefully explore this most intimate aspect of globalization. Finally, in the unmediated voices of the adults who have matured within it, we find a rarely-considered view of adoption, an institution that pulls apart old families and identities and grafts new ones.

Moving beyond personal narrative, these transracially adopted writers from around the world tackle difficult questions about how to survive the racist and ethnocentric worlds they inhabit, what connects the countries relinquishing their children to the countries importing them, why poor families of color have their children removed rather than supported—about who, ultimately, they are. In their inquiry, they unseat conventional understandings of adoption politics, ultimately reframing the controversy as a debate that encompasses human rights, peace, and reproductive justice.

Review:

"In 30 personal essays, research-based studies, poems and accompanying artwork, transracial adoptees 'challenge the privileging of rational, 'expert' knowledge that excludes so many adoptee voices.' Conceived by the editors as 'corrective action,' the collection offers an eye-opening perspective on both the 'the power differences between white people and people of color, the rich and the poor, the more or less empowered in adoption circles' and the sense of loss and limbo that individual adoptees may feel while 'living in the borderlands of racial, national, and cultural identities.' This provocative, disturbing collection reveals the sociological links between African-American children placed in foster care and El Salvador's 'nio desaparecidos (disappeared children), between Christian missions and 'the adoption industry,' between a transracial adoptee born in Vietnam and raised in Australia and one born in Korea and raised in the U.S. 'We must work,' the editors urge, 'to create and sustain a world in which low-income women of color do not have to send away their children so that the family that remains can survive.' Anyone contemplating transracial adoption will find provocative ideas, even as they may quarrel with generalizations that don't fit their own lives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Adoption: Who profits? Who pays? Who makes the rules? What does it have to do with war?

Synopsis:

You must have seen one-they're everywhere. Photo blow-ups ofHollywood star Angelina Jolie and Zahara, the child she adopted fromEthiopia, both beaming. "Saved by a Mother's Love"-it's People'scover story. Zahara, we're told, is thriving. Nothing is said of thegrandmother who tried to keep her, broken ties, loss. Adoption is awin-win. Right?

Healthy white infants have become hard to locate and expensive toadopt. So people from around the world turn to interracial andintercountry adoption, often, like Jolie, with the idea that whilegrowing their families, they're saving children from destitution. Butas Outsiders Withinreveals, while transracial adoption is apractice traditionally considered benevolent, it often exacts a heavyemotional, cultural, and even economic toll.

Through compelling essays, fiction, poetry, and art, thecontributors to this landmark publication carefully explore this mostintimate aspect of globalization. Finally, in the unmediated voices ofthe adults who have matured within it, we find a rarely-considered viewof adoption, an institution that pulls apart old families andidentities and grafts new ones.

Moving beyond personal narrative, these transracially adoptedwriters from around the world tackle difficult questions about how tosurvive the racist and ethnocentric worlds they inhabit, what connectsthe countries relinquishing their children to the countries importingthem, why poor families of color have their children removed ratherthan supported-about who, ultimately, they are. In their inquiry, theyunseat conventional understandings of adoption politics, ultimatelyreframing the controversy as a debate that encompasses human rights,peace, and reproductive justice.

Synopsis:

As this text reveals, while transracial adoption is a practice traditionally considered benevolent, it often exacts a heavy emotional, cultural, and even economic toll. Through compelling essays, fiction, poetry, and art, the contributors to this landmark publication carefully explore this most intimate aspect of globalization.

About the Author

Jane Jeong Trenka, born in Seoul, Korea, was adopted into a white family in rural Minnesota in 1972. She was reunited with her birth family in 1995. Her book, The Language of Blood, received the Minnesota Book Award for Autobiography/Memoir and was a Barnes &Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Trenka has received many literary fellowships and commendations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896087644
Author:
Trenka, Jane Jeong
Publisher:
South End Press
Editor:
Oparah, Julie Chinyere
Editor:
Trenka, Jane Jeong
Editor:
Oparah, Julia Chinyere
Editor:
Shin, Sun Yung
Editor:
Oparah, Chinyere
Author:
Trenka, Jane Jeong
Author:
Shin, Sun Yung
Author:
Oparah, Chinyere
Author:
Oparah, Julia Chinyere
Subject:
Multicultural Education
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Interracial adoption
Subject:
Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 BandW photographs and color illustrat
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in 16 oz

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Product details 300 pages South End Press - English 9780896087644 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 30 personal essays, research-based studies, poems and accompanying artwork, transracial adoptees 'challenge the privileging of rational, 'expert' knowledge that excludes so many adoptee voices.' Conceived by the editors as 'corrective action,' the collection offers an eye-opening perspective on both the 'the power differences between white people and people of color, the rich and the poor, the more or less empowered in adoption circles' and the sense of loss and limbo that individual adoptees may feel while 'living in the borderlands of racial, national, and cultural identities.' This provocative, disturbing collection reveals the sociological links between African-American children placed in foster care and El Salvador's 'nio desaparecidos (disappeared children), between Christian missions and 'the adoption industry,' between a transracial adoptee born in Vietnam and raised in Australia and one born in Korea and raised in the U.S. 'We must work,' the editors urge, 'to create and sustain a world in which low-income women of color do not have to send away their children so that the family that remains can survive.' Anyone contemplating transracial adoption will find provocative ideas, even as they may quarrel with generalizations that don't fit their own lives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Adoption: Who profits? Who pays? Who makes the rules? What does it have to do with war?
"Synopsis" by , You must have seen one-they're everywhere. Photo blow-ups ofHollywood star Angelina Jolie and Zahara, the child she adopted fromEthiopia, both beaming. "Saved by a Mother's Love"-it's People'scover story. Zahara, we're told, is thriving. Nothing is said of thegrandmother who tried to keep her, broken ties, loss. Adoption is awin-win. Right?

Healthy white infants have become hard to locate and expensive toadopt. So people from around the world turn to interracial andintercountry adoption, often, like Jolie, with the idea that whilegrowing their families, they're saving children from destitution. Butas Outsiders Withinreveals, while transracial adoption is apractice traditionally considered benevolent, it often exacts a heavyemotional, cultural, and even economic toll.

Through compelling essays, fiction, poetry, and art, thecontributors to this landmark publication carefully explore this mostintimate aspect of globalization. Finally, in the unmediated voices ofthe adults who have matured within it, we find a rarely-considered viewof adoption, an institution that pulls apart old families andidentities and grafts new ones.

Moving beyond personal narrative, these transracially adoptedwriters from around the world tackle difficult questions about how tosurvive the racist and ethnocentric worlds they inhabit, what connectsthe countries relinquishing their children to the countries importingthem, why poor families of color have their children removed ratherthan supported-about who, ultimately, they are. In their inquiry, theyunseat conventional understandings of adoption politics, ultimatelyreframing the controversy as a debate that encompasses human rights,peace, and reproductive justice.

"Synopsis" by , As this text reveals, while transracial adoption is a practice traditionally considered benevolent, it often exacts a heavy emotional, cultural, and even economic toll. Through compelling essays, fiction, poetry, and art, the contributors to this landmark publication carefully explore this most intimate aspect of globalization.
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