Om adoptioner över de s k rasgränserna när adoptivföräldrarna är icke-vita och adoptivbarnen antingen är vita eller icke-vita men inte tillhör samma rasliga grupp som adoptivföräldrarna

Bland världens alla adoptivfamiljer (OBS: de allra flesta familjebildningar på jorden liksom i historien är naturligtvis biogenetiska och endast några enstaka procent av världens alla barn växer upp med vuxna som de inte är blodsrelaterade till) gäller alltid regeln eller kanske t o m ”lagen” att adoptivföräldrarna och adoptivbarnen antingen tillhör samma rasliga och etnokulturella grupp (såsom vid styvbarnsadoptioner eller surrogatbarnsadoptioner när vita vuxna adopterar vita barn inom Väst) eller att adoptivföräldrarna är vita och adoptivbarnen icke-vita (såsom vid utlandsadoptioner eller fosterbarnsadoptioner när icke-vita barn från den postkoloniala och utomvästerländska världen eller från minoritetsgrupperna i Väst adopteras av vita vuxna).
Långt under 0,1%, ja sannolikt under 0,01%, av världens alla adoptivfamiljer består av adoptivfamiljer där adoptivföräldrarna är icke-vita och adoptivbarnen vita (såsom när t ex svarta amerikanska övremedelklass- eller överklasspar adopterar ett vitt fosterbarn) och än färre består av adoptivfamiljer där adoptivföräldrarna är icke-vita och adoptivbarnen icke-vita men inte tillhör samma rasliga grupp som adoptivföräldrarna.
Det finns dock fr a ett antal svarta amerikanska par och även enstaka svarta amerikanska singlar som ända sedan 1950-talet, när internationell adoption såsom vi uppfattar praktiken idag uppstod i kölvattnet efter Koreakriget, har adopterat fr a asiatiska barn men också enstaka latinamerikanska och nordafrikanska (arabiska och berbiska) barn och även i Sverige har på sistone enstaka latinamerikanska par och par med bakgrund i den s k MENA-regionen adopterat asiatiska barn även om dessa adoptivfamiljer sannolikt kan räknas på båda händernas fingrar.
Idag intervjuar den sydkoreanska tidningen Korea Times Kang Hyun-kyung den utlandsadopterade amerikanskan Cindy Wilson, som är född i Sydkorea och som adopterades av ett svart amerikanskt par och växte upp i den amerikanska Södern.
Wilson betraktar sig själv som etnokulturellt svart samtidigt som hon rasligt är asiat och visserligen ställer alla adoptioner över de s k rasgränserna frågan om vad ras egentligen innebär idag på sin spets men antagligen gäller det särskilt det fåtal adoptioner över de s k rasgränserna när adoptivföräldrarna är icke-vita och adoptivbarnen antingen är vita eller icke-vita men inte tillhör samma rasliga grupp som adoptivföräldrarna.
”Cindy Wilson, author of ”Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle,” was born I Wol-yang in Seoul and adopted by African-American parents in 1975 when she was a few months old. Her name was changed to Cindy and she was brought to America by her adoptive parents the following year.
Unlike some other adoptees who have spent a great deal of time and energy to find their birth parents, Wilson has never tried to find her roots. She said she considers her adoptive parents, not birth parents, to be her true family.
Raised in Mississippi, Wilson identifies as being part of the African American community, even though she is Asian.”
”Q: In an interview, you mentioned that America became racially divided in 2016, and this prompted you to publish the book.
A: I was speaking about the election of President Trump and I do believe our country is divided more so now than ever. I cannot speak to President Trump’s intention but I do think there are moments when he either blatantly or indirectly empowers certain groups and overlooks others, which causes divide. I am a huge believer in inclusivity but I think that even with President Obama he allowed for certain groups of people to finally feel included, which is great, but resulted in others feeling excluded. I think there is a lot of work, in which we all play a part, in order for us to have a more United America.
Q: How did your readers react to your book?
A: I have loved the responses, reviews and messages that people send to me about my book! A lot of people have different things in the book that they relate to and has really made an impact on them like being different and not being accepted, being bullied, people wanting to put them in a box of who they should be based on how they look, and family issues. It validates the reason why I wrote my book and that is to let others know that as extreme as my situation may be, they are not alone.
Q: In the book, you said you took a DNA test.
A: I did take a 23andMe DNA test. I speak about it in my book and how nervous I was to get the results back. Growing up everyone always called me Chinese, which is not a bad thing, but that wasn’t who I was. So when I took the test I wondered what my reaction would be if it came back anything other than Korean, which I was told my entire life. Luckily it did come back that I was 87 percent Korean and I believe 9-10 percent Japanese so that was interesting. Being an adoptee and not knowing your family history or background, you are seeing a lot of us take the DNA tests for some sort of validation. That was my initial reason but I had to remind myself that the results wouldn’t change who I am as a person but maybe my journey.
Q: You said you are an Asian but your culture is black. When I heard about this, I was thinking about the 1992 LA riots and alleged tensions between Korean Americans and African Americans back then. Twenty-eight years have passed since the tragic incident. I am wondering if there has been any progress. Do you have any plan to play a bridging role between the two ethnic groups?
A: I can only speak to this personally because I was raised and lived in the South so I am not sure about other areas in America. From what I have noticed, Korean Americans and African Americans are still pretty segregated. I would say in the younger generation you may see more interaction but the more traditional generation, maybe not so much. Also, since I have been doing interviews I have had a lot of people comment or send me messages to help bridge the divide between the two groups from a more educational perspective of African Americans and how they are treated by Asians. Most recently in the news we are seeing African Americans being discriminated against and physically harmed by some Asians overseas during COVID-19 so I would say that would be a huge indicator that there is a lot of work to be done in bringing those two groups together. It is unfortunate because being exposed to both groups, they have more in common than not.”