Families with Children from China New England

How Chinese Are You?

  • 17 Aug 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wide Horizons For Children, 375 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400 Waltham, MA 02451
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How Chinese Are You? The Complexity of Chinese Adoptee Identities

An evening talk & light refreshments with Andrea Louie, Michigan State University

  • “Louie breathes new life into the study of transnational Chinese adoption using a personal touch, a sympathetic critique, and a very readable ethnographic narrative. As the first large cohort of people adopted from China enters their twenties, Louie’s work provides a welcome look at the multiple and innovative potentialities of constructing selves.” —Sara K. Dorow, author of Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender, and Kinship

Don't miss this talk with Andrea Louie, author of How Chinese Are You?  Drawing on her research with both white and Asian American adoptive families of children from China and her own perspectives as a Chinese American parent of a multi-racial, non-adopted child, Louie will discuss the ways that the families she interviewed negotiate the racial and cultural identities of their children and their families as a whole, the relative flexibility that Asian American adoptive parents have in interpreting and performing Chinese identities, and how the children of both white and Asian American parents express their identities as teens. 

While there are interesting similarities between white and Asian American families, there are also important differences, which stem from the ways that each group is positioned within the racial and cultural politics of the U.S. and in relation to the politics of transracial adoption.

Andrea Louie is a third generation Chinese American. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University, where she founded and formerly directed the Asian Pacific American Studies Program. She is author of How Chinese Are You?: Adopted Chinese Youth and Their Families Negotiate Identity and Culture (NYU Press, 2015)

Presented by the Chinese Historical Society of New England, Wide Horizons for Children and Families with Children from China New England.

This event is free

Parking is available in either the upper or lower lot of the office complex. Spaces are unassigned.

WHFC is the building facing Totten Pond Rd. Take elevator to 4th floor and entrance is directly ahead.



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