Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Dance of IdentitiesKorean Adoptees and Their Journey toward Empowerment$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use (for details see http://www.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 27 May 2018

Linking the Dance of Identities Theory to Life Experiences

Linking the Dance of Identities Theory to Life Experiences

Chapter:
(p.165) Chapter 7 Linking the Dance of Identities Theory to Life Experiences
Source:
The Dance of Identities
Author(s):

John D. Palmer

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833718.003.0007

This chapter argues that transracial adoptees, parents and adoption agencies, and social justice activists and educators should become more aware of the need to engage in an identity journey. It then describes what can happen during this identity journey and concludes that the identity journeys can eventually lead to empowered identities. This is not to suggest that there is a need for Korean adoptees to “understand and appreciate their Korean identity” or that they should become disgruntled with the institution of transracial adoption; rather, the dance of identity theory allows for adoptees to empower their journeys, to own it for themselves, and to decide what it means to be or not to be a Korean American adoptee. The main difference between the current racial identity development models and the dance of identity theory rests in the belief that there is no one starting place and thus no one ending place; there is no one direct path to empowerment—rather, empowering one's identity comes through engaged explorations and continuous reflections.

Keywords:   Korean adoptees, identity journey, empowered identity, transracial adoptees, racial identity, Korean American adoptee

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.