Going Back “Home”: Adoptees Share Their Experiences of Hong Kong Adoptee Gathering

Kit Myers, Amanda L. Baden, Alfonso Ferguson

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Abstract

This mixed-methods study examines 20 adult Hong Kong Adoptees (HKADs) with an average age of 53.7 years who attended a Gathering of HKADs in Hong Kong. It has three elements (pre- and post-Gathering surveys and an interview). All participants engaged in two of the three parts of the study, while 14 of those 20 participated in all three parts. Survey data for the HKADs revealed significantly increased comfort with their Hong Kong identities following the visit to Hong Kong. Interviews with 20 attendees yielded themes surrounding reasons for attending; experiences and emotions; and the challenges and benefits of the gathering and returning to Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-218
Number of pages32
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • adoptee gathering
  • Hong Kong adoptees
  • return to birth country
  • transnational adoption

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