Reclaiming culture: Reculturation of transracial and international adoptees

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The cultural experiences of transracial and international adoptees (TRIAs) are uniquely affected by their adoption across cultures and racial/ethnic groups. Upon adoption, TRIAs typically identify quickly with their adoptive parents' White culture but may eventually seek to reclaim their birth culture. Current terminology used to describe cultural identifications and changes (e.g., acculturation, enculturation) does not adequately depict the reclamation of birth culture by TRIAs. The authors describe a new term for this process called reculturation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-399
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • birth culture
  • cultural identity
  • international adoption
  • reclaim
  • transracial adoption


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