If you have any research project related to the transnational adoption of Chinese children into American families, consider applying for the AAARI Betty Lee Sung Research Endowment Fund 2021 ($1,500-$3,000; deadline on 8/2/2021).
The Betty Lee Sung Research Endowment Fund is intended to support the research by providing funds for a research assistant, copywriter, research travel, acquisition or access to research material and similar costs so that the researcher can complete the project.
2021 Topic: The first research grant will be for a project on the transnational adoption of Chinese children into American families that explores questions related to identity and belonging. As of 2019, there have been over 82,450 Chinese adoptees (according to the U.S. State Department) to the United States, mostly abandoned female infants, under China’s one-child family policy. Project Goal: To better understand how Chinese American adoptees articulate their identity and attachment to their Chinese heritage (both cultural and identity), while paying attention to whether they inter-married and if their own mixed heritage children maintain attachment to a Chinese identity.
Submissions for this year’s research grant are for projects that are near completion within three to six months (Dec 2021/Jan 2022). The amount awarded will range from $1,500 to $3,000. In addition to the award, recipient agrees to the following:
- Acknowledge the Betty Lee Sung Research Endowment Fund and Asian American / Asian Research Institute – City University New York in all versions of the finished work/research/article/book.
- Present their work at an upcoming lecture/conference/workshop at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute in-person/online.
- Allow or obtain permission for the Asian American / Asian Research Institute to feature an excerpt of recipient’s work/research/research/article/book for the
- Institute’s academic journal, CUNY FORUM: Asian American / Asian Studies, with all appropriate copyright/acknowledgement to the recipient.