My TED Talk

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In her TED talk, Rebecca Arnowich discusses the creation of interracial families through international adoption. In this day and age, is it acceptable to be part of an interracial family? Is our society truly moving forward or is international adoption just a popular trend that we follow because celebrities are doing it?

The social institution known as family is constantly altering within society. Throughout the last several decades, interracial families have been steadily increasing due to the growing rates of racial intermarriage. However, this upward trend is also being pushed by intercountry adoption. Parents who construct interracial families by adopting a child with a different ethnic background demonstrate fortitude against racial boundaries in a similar manner to adults who form interracial families through marriage. Adoption is a site in which culture at large works out its understanding about the idea of family. The forever changing construction of American families is greatly impacted by the role of race and interracial families.

Over the last decade, the number of international adoptions taking place has increased considerably. In the early 1990s, the number of children born abroad and adopted by American citizens fluctuated between 7,000 and 9,000 per year. By the turn of the 21st century, the United States of America was granting close to 20,000 visas each year allowing American parents to adopt children from more than 100 different countries around the world. Around the year 2000, there were about 200,000 foreign-born adopted children under the age of eighteen living in the United States.


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