- The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History
- Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, and the American Empire
- Toward a Hemispheric Asian American History
- South Asian America: Histories, Cultures, Politics
- Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Hawai‘i: Place, People, Culture
- Southeast Asian Americans
- East Asian Immigrants
- Asian Canadian History
- Internment and World War II History
- Reconsidering Asian Exclusion in the United States
- The Cold War
- The Asian American Movement
- A History of Asian International Adoption in the United States
- Confronting the Racial State of Violence: How Asian American History Can Reorient the Study of Race
- Theory and History
- Empire and War in Asian American History
- Queer Asian American Historiography
- The Study of Asian American Families
- Asian American Economic and Labor History
- Asian Americans, Politics, and History
- Asian American Intellectual History
- Asian American Religious History
- Race, Space, and Place in Asian American Urban History
- From Asia to the United States, Around the World, and Back Again: New Directions in Asian American Immigration History
- Public History and Asian Americans
- Asian American Legal History
- Asian American Education History
- Not Adding and Stirring: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History and the Transformation of Asian America
Abstract and Keywords
The United States is the leading recipient of internationally adopted children in the world. International or intercountry adoption from Asia specifically played a major role in the transformation of the United States into an international adoption nation. This article highlights the growing significance of Asian international and transracial adoption in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It emphasizes that this seemingly new and controversial phenomenon has a longer history rooted in the post–World War II period and Cold War politics. The article charts major points of consensus within an emergent critical mass of historical scholarship on Asian international adoption, and it presents some of the phenomenon’s major demographic, political, and economic changes from the 1970s to the present.
Catherine Ceniza Choy, University of California, Berkeley.
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