Theory and Measurement of Foreigner Objectification

I really enjoyed working on this handbook chapter with my current and former graduate students.

 

Theory and Measurement of Foreigner Objectification

Joyce P. Lee, Richard M. Lee, and Alisia G. T. T. Tran

The Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and Health | Edited by Seth J. Schwartz and Jennifer Unger

Online Publication Date: Apr DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190215217.013.9

2016

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter investigates the phenomenon of foreigner objectification, or the labeling (implicit or otherwise) of members of racial/ethnic minority groups as foreigners regardless of citizenship, migration status, or length of residence. As the majority of research on foreigner objectification has emerged out of the United States, the chapter focuses on the foreigner objectification experiences of two rapidly growing US racial/ ethnic groups: Latinos/as and Asian Americans. It first contextualizes foreigner objectification within the larger literature on attitudes toward racial/ethnic minority groups. It then discusses how foreigner objectification has been measured in psychological research and examines the limited but growing literature on the association between foreigner objectification and mental and physical health.

Keywords: foreigner objectification, racial minority, ethnic minority, minority groups, mental health, physical health, United States, Latino, Asian American

International Adoption Trends

When I began to study international adoption, it was during its heyday (2000-2009). During this time, I received federal grants to examine how families with children adopted from South Korea were addressing the transnational and transracial issues confronting the families. My work continues with international adoption but the focus has shifted toward adopted adolescents and adults who are now navigating these experiences on their own. Although there is a decline in annual international adoption, there are still many issues to address.

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Read this news story on the decline in international adoption.

Teach, Create, Help, and Learn

As I walked into work today, I thought about how I eagerly look forward to my day in the office. It is very rare that I do not want to be here on campus. It dawned on me that I do four things that are hard to not enjoy each day: I teach, I create, I help, and I learn. That is the privilege and joy of being a professor. Not a bad way to live one’s life.