Instilling Cultural Awareness and Pride in Internationally Adopted Children

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Adoptive parents are told that they must incorporate their child’s birth culture into their life in order to raise healthy adopted children. Can you go overboard? Join our guests Mei-Ling Hopgood, adopted from Taiwan as an infant and author of the book Lucky Girl, and Joy Lieberthal was adopted from Korean at five and is a social worker and therapist in private practice in New York City.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • Another country, not my own” by Mei-Ling Hopgood
  • Is it possible to go overboard when embracing your child’s cultural heritage?
  • What is the difference between race, heritage and culture and how does it apply to embracing a transracially adopted child’s background?
  • What is the difference between embracing your child’s cultural heritage for your child as oppose to embracing your child’s cultural heritage with them?
  • How do children fit into the American aspect of their culture (Korean-American vs. Korean vs. American)?
  • Are internationally adopted children being robbed of their culture?
  • What is culture and how is it connected to race?
  • What can parents do to help their child embrace all of their cultures?
  • How does maintaining pride in a child’s birth culture relate to preparing them for being a racial minority?
  • The importance of mentoring from the adoptive community.
  • How does a child’s perspective of their heritage change as they grow?
  • Does an intentional exposure to a birth culture make a child feel unique and special or singled out within their family?
  • What should parents focus on when highlighting their child’s culture?
  • How hard should parents try to maintain their child’s birth language when adopting an older child?
  • How do transracially adopted children identify when they are adults?
  • What can parents do to help instill cultural pride in their adopted children?

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