This independent study focuses on the formation of identity for transcultural East-Asian adoptees. I look at the ways adoptees celebrate their identities from big, cultural celebrations to forming communities of those with shared identities. I also look at how the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of anti-Asian hate affected these same adoptees. I discuss how it changed their outward perception of the society we live in as well as how they presented themselves. Chapter one gives background to the inspiration of this project as well as my first steps in formatting research. Chapter two is literature and theory that help to shape my work. I talk about my topics through the lens of past theorists. Chapter three is a description of the method I used to collect my data. Chapter four is an analysis of my research and patterns that I found. Lastly, chapter five is my conclusion and closing thoughts.


Matusuzawa, Seiko


Sociology and Anthropology


Social and Cultural Anthropology


Transcultural, Adoption, Identity, COVID-19

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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