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Research Method. Public Health Course
When I finished reading Carrie Carollo’s story, I felt proud and happy for her because she managed to heal from the uncertainty that she experienced for most of her life and finally make peace with her background, identity, and uniqueness. Carrie has finally come to the conclusion that she can write her own self-identity, which is a very adult decision. This revokes nothing but respect and admiration in me.
However, this strength of character may not be common for millions of other transracial adoptees living in the U.S. Despite all efforts dedicated to combating discrimination and stigma in the society, transracial families still gain much more attention than other “conventional” families. Due to the uneven representation of people with different skin color in the beauty industry, many women of color or Asian girls still feel underprivileged compared to white women. This is only one of the examples of discrimination that occur on a daily basis. A white mother with a black child still catches surprised gazes in supermarkets and elsewhere.
The situation with transracial adoptees has changed throughout history but not enough to claim that these kids feel equal with their white peers. They experience some embarrassment and awkward situations when their names do not meet race-related expectations of educators in schools. However, overall, society has become more tolerant of the phenomenon of transracial adoption, but still struggles to treat those children as they would treat other kids. People still notice the difference and emphasize on it. I believe it may take a few decades for U.S. society to become so blended so that racial differences would stop being so striking.
After reading this article, I realized that transracial adoptees experience situations that other people may not even pay attention to. However, these awkward moments contribute to the identity dilemma adoptees try to solve, making their adaptation even harder. Some of them, like Carrie, find the strength to claim their self-identity, while others dive deeper into depression.
Reporting the methods used in public health research and practice. Donna F. Stroup, C. Kay Smith and Benedict I. Truman J Public Health Emerg. 2017 Dec.
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