Adopted Chinese-Americans and True Chinese Culture

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.