International Adoptions: Integrating Chinese Children into European Families

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The reasons and causes for international adoptions, and their forming part of families, where multiculturalism is often vocational, and perhaps even a necessity, in turn form part of a process of increasing globalization and new multicultural reality of western society. The phenomenon of international adoptions poses new questions concerning the transcultural influences on our society, evermore globalized and multicultural. The data presented was collected by means of observation and interviews with families who adopted young girls originally from China. A case study was also realized in which the family’s genuine intention was put to the test as serious problems regarding their new Chinese daughter came to light, and which had to be dealt with during the adoption process.

Keywords: Multiculturalism, International Adoptions, Chinese Adopted Childrens
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Eduardo Rubio-Ardanaz

Professor, Social Psychology Department, University of Basque Country
Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

Dr. in Social Psychology (University of Basque Country). Actually working in the topics of Multiculturalism, Sustainable Development, Inmigration, Body Image, Participation in the Process of Making Decissions

Dr. Xiao Fang

Director, Centro de Estudios Chinos Lu Xun - Bilbao, Centro de Estudios Chinos Lu Xun
Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

Dr. in Human Geography (East China Normal University). Actually working in Multiculturalism, Sustainable Development, Chinese Culture, Urban Geography

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