Adopted Chinese-Americans and True Chinese Culture

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Denalee Chapman April 05, 2015

Frank Wu discusses the Chinese culture and adoption. Chinese culture is changing radically and quickly. When American families adopt Chinese children, then try to give them cultural experiences, it ends up being rather ambiguous. In fact, even non-adopted Chinese-Americans don’t have access to the true Chinese culture. For those being raised outside of Asia, theirs is a unique culture in itself.

Adoptive parents want to help their adopted children have strong self esteem and identity. Often, we look to preserving culture as a way to fill that need. But in the case of many Asian adoptees, exactly what that culture is is hard to say.

Created for “Adopted:  The Movie,” this interview gives insight into some of the struggle associated with trying to preserve culture in a transracial adoption.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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