“If I am going to have to force you to talk about it with me, then I’m not going to”: Relational dialectics in transracial Asian adoptees’ conversations about race
Fine and Performing Arts Honors
Date of Award
Christine K. Anzur
Thesis Professor Department
Communication and Performance
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
Honors Thesis - Withheld
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Hornberger, Brooke, "“If I am going to have to force you to talk about it with me, then I’m not going to”: Relational dialectics in transracial Asian adoptees’ conversations about race" (2023). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 754. https://dc.etsu.edu/honors/754
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