Thursday, March 23, 2006
Chinese American adoptees
The NY Times recently ran an article about how the first large generation of Chinese girls adopted by (mostly white) American families are now reaching their teenage years. You can read it right here. An interesting part that caught my eye:
The two stories of Molly and Qiu Meng definitely are food for thought. For once, I'm glad to see an article about Americans adopting Chinese girls address the issue that many Asian Americans like myself find troubling with the phenomenon of white American families adopting Asian children: a tendency of those families to exoticize or ignore the racial implications that come with an Asian child being raised by a oblivious families (who by virtue of their whiteness, can ignore racial issues) in a society that is still deeply marked by racism and discrimination against the "other" (read: non-white, non-Christian).
I remember my friend Justin (who is a Korean adoptee himself) once wrote a rather extensive essay on the topic.
There is some hope, though - an interesting angle explored by the article talks about how many Korean American adoptees are using their experiences to positively influence this next generation of Asian adoptees. It mentions that Nancy Kim Parsons (a filmmaker who's an Korean American adoptee) is currently making a documentary comparing the experiences of Korean adult adoptees with those of the Chinese children being adopted today.
davephonic has unleashed his Lucky-sponsored (haha) podcast here. Hilarious, and 100% anti-establishment tuneage. Ph333r his awesome casting sKiLLz.
i had an interesting experience trying to explain adoption to my students and even fellow teachers last month, when i got asked how many children i wanted.
adoption is clearly not very popular in japan, esp for a country struggling with it's own birth rate! =P
thanks for the plug, mang. im considering exploring the similarities between country music and hip-hop for the next cast. well, assuming there is another one.
Angela- You gotta admit, it's expensive to raise a kid in Japan... adopted or birthed. Did you see the article mentioning the majority of Japanese women in their late 20s and 30s are unmarried? duh-dum!
dks- heh, nice! Southern krunk + meets blue grass? ;)
it isn't more expensive than the US. i mean, there's monetary "bribes" now in certain cities/prefectures to entice women to have more children, plus insurance is pretty good at covering the cost of hospital fees, etc. each year, my school population has dwindled at least by 10 students school, which is pretty significant considering i haven't even been here for 2 years. but yeah, a lot of men and women are getting married later in life, and women who don't get married -- worklife here is pretty harsh for women to juggle with having to raise small chilren, not to mention husbands still don't help out much with housechores and raising their kids =PPost a Comment