Thanks to Hilbrand for the link.
This was an interesting article about a Korean adoptee, Joy Hoffman, who is doing research on Asian adoptee identity.
From the Ventura County Star: Asian adoptee, now CLU grad student, researches ties.
One of the quotes from the article really struck me.
“I can be open about my adoptee identity, but not always about my
Asian, even within my own family,” said Hoffman, 41, who also works as
director of the Cultural Center at Whittier College.
This is very similar to my own experience growing up. I may have mentioned it on this blog already, but if I were to take all the "issues" or "struggles" I have experienced growing up as a transracial Korean adoptee, by far the majority of those are due to being the only non-White person in the family. My family has struggled to accept me as an Asian American.
Another quote from the article:
Based on those interviews, she found that adopted Asians fare better if
their white parents encourage them to explore their ethnicity, rather
than ignore it in an effort to be colorblind. She also found that
adopted children identify themselves as adoptees before any ethnic
You can read the rest of the article here.