How Do We Define Belonging?

Ethnic heritage can mean different things to different people.

Parents who adopt internationally or transracially learn early on that they must honor their children's ethnic heritage. We gladly comply and try to acquaint our children with the traditional practices of their heritage — distinctive foods, holidays, and costumes. Yet many adoptive parents say that their children, especially as they get older, aren't interested in anything having to do with their ethnic heritage. And adult adoptees often say they feel alien in the company of other members of their ethnic ...

Ethnic identity includes ancestry, but it is shaped by experience.

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