Grateful/ungrateful, white/not-white, Asian/not-Asian: A study of East Asian transracial-transnational adoptees
Transracial-transnational adoptees represent a marginal, sometimes invisible group within communities of color, including the Asian American community. Their social networks, and the way they forge friendships and relationships represent a complicated navigation of not just common social structures, but also a maze of social identities that many of these adoptees are caught between. The way these adoptees view their own identities influences whom with, and under what context they socialize. Experiences that construct ideas of membership and participation for adoptees are often thought to be unpredictable and inconsistent. This study seeks to better understand these narratives by examining the first hand experiences of transracial-transnational adoptees and their encounters with these ideas of membership and participation in the Asian American community. How they socialize and construct their social environments may not specifically be the same, but they represent similar narratives that adoptees experience. The purpose of this study is to examine the construction and nature of the narratives that shape and transform how transracial-transnational adoptees socialize with the Asian American community. The findings hope to clarify the kinds of experiences and behaviors, which produce and maintain the narratives that result from exposure to Asian stereotypes and white supremacy for adoptees.