Articles, Essays & Research (Adoptees)

For faster updates a number of articles about overseas adoption that are written by researches from a variety of disciplines whose backgrounds include that they are adoptees can be found at the ‘Transracial and Transnational Adoption Research Group’ FB page, originally created by transcultural adoptees Dr Bert Ballard, Dr Indigo Willing, and Dr Jeff Leinaweaver, and with a number of officers who are also transcultural adoptees.

Publications by the admins include:

Ballard, R. (2009).  ‘The Narrative of International Adoption‘.  Conducive Online Magazine.  Accessed 28 October, 2009, from the World Wide Web:

E. A. Suter, E. A. & R. L. Ballard (2009) ‘“How much did you pay for her?”: Decision-making criteria underlying adoptive parents’ responses to inappropriate remarks‘, Journal of Family Communication, Vol. 9,  No. 1, pp. 107 – 125.

I. Willing, (2009). ‘The Celebrity Adoptions Phenomenon: Emerging Critiques from ‘Ordinary’ Adoptive Parents’. In Other People’s Children: Adoption in Australia. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. Edited by Spark, C and Cuthbert, D, . pp. 241 – 256.

I. Willing (2010). Transnational Adoption and Constructions of Identity and Belonging: A Qualitative Study of Australian Parents of Children Adopted from Overseas PhD Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

I. Willing, (2004). ‘The Adopted Vietnamese Community: From Fairytales to the Diaspora’ – Vietnam Beyond the Frame: Special Edition of Michigan Quarterly Review,;view=text;rgn=main;idno=act2080.0043.421

I. Williams. (2003). Not Quite/Just The Same/Different: The Construction of Identity in Vietnamese War Orphans Adopted By White Parents.  Unpublished MA by Thesis, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Technology, Sydney.

You can also explore links to adoptee publications on the ‘Books’ page and ‘Adoptee Blogs’ page.

Other Contributions :

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