Chinese refugee children and empires: the politics of international adoptions in cold war Hong Kong

Franco, Rosaria (2018) Chinese refugee children and empires: the politics of international adoptions in cold war Hong Kong. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 46 (3). pp. 579-601. ISSN 0308-6534

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Abstract

With the support of new sources from British and Hong Kong archives, this study casts new light on the post-war international adoptions of Chinese refugee children in the British colony of Hong Kong. It argues that while children were ‘saved’ and found families overseas, they were also used as pawns in a bigger political game. A way to delegate welfare for the Hong Kong government, a symbolic humanitarian concession vis-à-vis a strict anti-immigration policy for Britain, and an anti-communist propaganda tool for the United States, these adoptions also convey the competing power and population politics played over subject children by two multiracial empires: one in decline (the rapidly decolonising Britain), the other on the rise (the new cold war superpower).

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/930680
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History on 07 Dec 2017, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03086534.2017.1408227
Keywords: International adoptions; refugee children; Chinese refugees; Hong Kong; British empire; United States; cold war; immigration; decolonization; 1950s; 1960s
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2017.1408227
Depositing User: Zhou, Elsie
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 08:02
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:35
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52623

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