"Is My Asian Son a Whiz Kid?"

Everywhere I took my Korean son, stereotypes followed.

Racial stereotypes are everywhere, especially for transracial families
Some years ago, I adopted my first son from Korea. His name was David, and he was five months old when he arrived. This did not stop some otherwise sophisticated friends from volunteering that David would no doubt be a good student. Probably a mathematician, they opined, with a tone that uncomfortably straddled jest and prediction. I tried to take it all with good humor, this idea that a five-month-old who could not yet sit up, speak a word, or ...

When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student — probably a mathematician.


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