On November 21 & 26, we will be discussing two ways in which families are created internationally: adoption and marriage. On the 21st, we will intersperse our discussion of international adoption with short clips from the documentary Wo Ai Ni, Mommy. You need to read the assigned article for discussion:

culture-keeping-white-mothers-international-adoption-negotiation-family-heather-jacobson-paperback-cover-art–      Reading: Jacobson: Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference: chapter 5: Adoptive Families in the Public Eye, 145-164

Here is a link to the Prezi that we will go over in class.

Additionally to our class discussion, groups 1-3 will present on the topics of International adoption.

Group 1:When did international adoption begin? Why? Statistics? Top countries and time periods?

Group 2: Which (Eastern) European countries adopt babies to Americans? Statistics? What are the experiences of these children? And their parents?

Group 3:  Are American children adopted by families in other countries? Statistics? Policies? Outcomes? What are some of these experiences?

Week 13: Tuesday 26 November

We will be watching clips from the documentary Seeking Asian Female and having a discussion about the assigned reading:

love empire–      Blackboard Reading: Schaeffer: Love & Empire 3: Outsourcing the American Dream: Transforming Men’s Virtual Fantasies into Social Realities 79-107

Groups will also present on topics related to international marriage brokers:

Group 4: What are the statistics around international marriage brokers in regards to Asian women and Western men? What is this process like? How far back does this process go?

Group 5: What are the statistics around international marriage brokers in regards to Eastern European women and Western men? What is this process like? How far back does this process go?

Group 6: Are there situations in which American men or women are emigrating to other countries to marry spouses that they found through a marriage broker, or online, structurally (not individually)? Statistics? Experiences?

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