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The Wall Street Journal reports that domestic adoption is gaining prominence in China:

…While China is known overseas as a place many go to adopt babies, until recently adoption was uncommon among Chinese families themselves. That’s partly because of limited financial resources, and partly because the country’s Confucian culture emphasizes family and filial piety.

“In China, society operates on blood relationships,” says Yu Hai, a sociology professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. “So if families can have their own children, they aren’t going to adopt.”

But change is afoot. Local adoptions are on the rise, thanks to economic progress and evolving social attitudes. Adoption also provides a way around China’s family-planning policies, which aim to limit most urban couples to one child. Read more…

A 2008 article in Science Daily reports that whites adopt “colorblindness” so as not to appear prejudiced, but blacks view the colorblind approach as evidence of bias. (Hat tip to reader Karen.)

In one study, 101 white undergraduate students were paired with either a white or black female partner who pretended to be another participant. The pairs were presented with 30 photographs of faces that varied in race, gender and background color. Each white participant’s objective was to guess which of the photographs the partner was holding by asking as few yes-or-no questions as possible.

Even though asking about the race of the person in the photograph was a sound strategy for completing the task, white participants were far less likely to do so with a black versus a white partner. Moreover, when the black partner was the first one to have a turn asking questions, whether she mentioned race had a dramatic effect. White participants whose black partner asked about race mentioned race on their own turn 95 percent of the time. When the black partner never asked about race, white participants only did so 10 percent of the time. Read more…

 

 

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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