"You’re Asian, but You’re Not Really Asian": Discursive Positioning and Identity Negotiation by Korean American Adoptees

2:35 - 3:05pm EDT

Prince Edward Island (Room 12)

Presented at: AAAL 2015

This paper draws on interview excerpts to examine how three Korean American adoptees discursively construct their ethnoracial identities. Applying positioning theory (Bamberg, 1997) and the relational processes of authentication and denaturalization (Bucholtz & Hall, 2005), this analysis highlights the complex intersubjectivity of these adoptees’ identity negotiations amid "whiteness" and "Asianness."