The paper will acknowledge our intent to theorize and speculate provided the awareness of the insider-versus-outsider perspective (as recognized by Linda Trinh Vo's article “Performing Ethnography in Asian American Communities: Beyond the Insider-versus-Outsider Perspective”). We note that Liz is a first generation Vietnamese American adoptee raised by a Japanese American family, however, her personal experience may not fully represent the whole Vietnamese/Vietnamese American adoptee community; instead, it can potentially provide better insight on the struggle to define an adoptee's racial identity and the implications that follow race (i.e. language, cultural customs, and such). Some of our other case studies include a collaboration of blogs entries written by three Vietnamese adoptees (Anh Dao Kolbe, Kevin Minh Allen, and Sumeia Williams) whom share their perspectives on their personal Vietnamese adoptee history and experiences. Lastly, we scheduled personal interviews with Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker (Founder & Executive Director of Catalyst Foundation) and Saul Tran Cornwall (a Vietnamese adoptee that starred in the documentary Precious Cargo).
We plan to examine the process of the Vietnamese adoptee identity formation in relation to the historical context of the Vietnamese American discourse. The multiracial framework, as defined by Yen Le Espirtu, author of “Possibilities of a Multiracial Asian America”, will provide a space to explore identity formations of cross-group affiliations, this being the case for adoptees and their adoptive parents not of the same ethnic background as them. In addition, we will speculate as to how the Vietnamese adoptee identity is formed from the borrowing of the multiracial/multiethnic body of knowledge through racial reconfiguration and ethnic rearticulation.
Here are the blog entries written by Anh Dao Kolbe, Kevin Minh Allen, and Sumeia Williams:
Here is more information on the Catalyst Foundation:
Here is an overview on Precious Cargo: