Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Christine K. Anzur

Thesis Professor Department

Communication and Performance

Thesis Reader(s)

Amber E. Kinser


Transracial adoptive families often encounter various struggles around race as they acknowledge the challenges of racial dissimilarity in their family structure. This thesis, grounded in the theoretical framework of Relational Dialectics Theory, explored the competing discourses around the conversation of race for adult Asian adoptees. The results from 35 semi-structured interviews and contrapuntal analysis revealed one dialectical tension highlighting the Asian adoptee’s role in maintaining conversations of race with their White adoptive parents. Some adoptees voiced the discourse of taking the opportunity to be the advocate, while others voiced the discourse of feeling frustrated with being the advocate. The results of this thesis provide the perspective of Asian adoptees in White families as they attempt to engage in conversations about race with their family members.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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