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The Dance of IdentitiesKorean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment$
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John D. Palmer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833718

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.001.0001

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Dance of Identities

Dance of Identities

(p.1) Chapter 1 Dance of Identities
The Dance of Identities

John D. Palmer

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter offers an introduction to the present study on the diverse experiences and critical reflections of Korean adoptees. The study's theoretical framework was established from the author's own experiences as a Korean adoptee, his research agenda on racial identity development theory, and his culturally responsive pedagogy. The chapter also sets out the dance of identities theory, which allows the individual to realize that there is no one path in engaging one's cultural, racial, and transracial adoptee identities; the purpose of the study, namely to portray the identity journeys of Korean adoptees from their perspectives; and the research methods used. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Korean adoptees, racial identity, identity development, racial identities, transracial adoptees

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