X. Bao -Week 6 -Cultural Boundaries or Consequences of Globalization

Symbolic boundaries are conceptual distinctions created by social factors. They separate people and generate and in groups, they arouse feelings of group membership and similarity. People participate more when there are individual mobility strategies. Symbolic boundaries are insufficient but necessary change. Cross-cultural adoption is one of the ways that culture moves across boundaries. It includes local adoptions and also includes overseas adoptions. Parents of one culture or race may choose to adopt children from a race different from theirs.

There are increasing numbers of transcultural adoptions in the US. The increase is attributed to the shortage of healthy children from similar backgrounds from adoption in the Us. The adoptions are also increasing between US parents and those from Eastern Europe countries. The parents go for the adoptions with the belief that love is enough. The parents and caregivers of children from mixed culture families redefine their traditional families. The caregivers and parents embrace learning about the cultures of other kids. It enables the children to evolve and adapt to into emotionally healthy families. The parents sometimes chose to adopt into their families cultural rituals as their own. Trans-cultural adoptions involve removal of a child from their cultural traditions and their placement into families that celebrate their different traditions. An example is when the child with Jewish heritage is taken up into a Christian home. It may also apply when a child with Polish descent is taken into a home owned by Irish Catholics.

The issue of adoption of children from a different background is necessary for a child and a caregiver when the adoption occurs when at a not so early age. At this age, they still have memories of their culture. However, it is important for individuals in adoption to realize that there are some issues related to adoption. They include the need to learn about the culture and history of the children. The resolution of the issues is to research about the culture and history of the children they adopt. Before making the adoption decision, they should try to learn about the issues associated with transcultural adoption. They should examine their attitudes and beliefs about ethnicity and races. The caregivers and parents should think about their lifestyle and invest intensely in parenting. When they reflect on their opinions, they should think if they ever make assumptions about other people according to their race. It helps them check themselves; it ensures that the adoption is right for them. It also prepares them to be called to different. The caregivers and parents should be comfortable and be ready to stand out as a family due to their differences and know how to deal with the differences (Smith, 2010).

Culture also moves across boundaries through trade fairs, exhibitions traveling to other countries, diplomacy, marriage, music, and art. People from different parts of the world possess their unique culture. The Cultural exchange takes place when they interact with people from other locations. The movement of culture across boundaries creates harmony among individuals. People can understand the culture of other people and appreciate it.

2 thoughts on “X. Bao -Week 6 -Cultural Boundaries or Consequences of Globalization

  1. I really agree with your point on the symbolic boundaries and family connections. “Symbolic boundaries are conceptual distinctions created by social factors. ” The quotation leads the main point in the article and the changes are significant into the cultural aspects. The increasing of the transcultural connections bring the families within cultural adoptions and how they reflect their thoughts and opinions. Individuals transcultural adoptions are important changing from cultural movement at the same time. Culture moves across areas, beyond habits and makes the cultural exchange to interact with people from different places. I think those points were made nicely in your essay. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Really interesting perspective on the assignment. I never even considered adoption as one of the byproducts of an increasingly globalized world, but it definitely is. According to this (http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~cmo938/adoptAEA.pdf) article I found, published by Northwestern U, inter-country adoption has been increasing rapidly since the 1940’s. It peaks at around 2005-06, and sort of plateau-peaks there. It’s interesting to see how many more children are able to be placed with families due almost entirely to the increase in knowledge and resources. That said, your point about the things related to trans cultural adoptions are really important to recognize as well. Obviously, there are many things to consider when taking on the responsibility of a child who is basically being displaced, but with the right background information, the adoption can be a positive and culturally progressive experience for both parties. It’s so interesting to think that adopted children (especially older ones) bring so much of their culture to their new families.

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