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Title:
West meets East : Americans adopt Chinese children
Author:
Tessler, Richard C.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiv, 189 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780897896573

9780897896580
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Book

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Who are the new families that are appearing on city streets, in suburban malls, and at Fourth of July celebrations? The parents, in their 40s and 50s, are obviously Caucasian, and their very young daughters are obviously Chinese. This book is about these new American & Chinese families that are being formed through the mechanism of international adoption.

The first survey of bicultural Chinese-American children, based on personal experience and rigorous research, both documents these adoptions and examines their implications for American society. This book will be of great use to couples considering or living with adopted Chinese children, professionals in social welfare and education, and scholars and other researchers involved with American multiculturalism.


Author Notes

Richard Tessler is Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts's Social and Demographic Research Institute
Gail Gamache is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Liming Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a research assistant at the Social and Demographic Research Institute


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Adopting from Chinap. 27
3. The New American and Chinese Familiesp. 57
4. The Birth Countryp. 83
5. Parental Attitudesp. 105
6. Public Reactionsp. 135
7. Looking to the Futurep. 155
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 185