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 with a number of moderators who are also transcultural adoptees.

Some of the publications by the admins include (list from 2013 and to be updated incrementally in 2019):


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,

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  Unpublished MA by Thesis, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Technology, Sydney.