Date of Award
Curriculum and Instruction
Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D.
Adoption, Alterity, Identity, Poststructuralism, Self-Portraiture, Vietnam War
This study examines the journey of a Vietnam War adoptee and the multitude of experiences that influenced her alterity. Through the development of a poststructuralist conceptual framework, the author reveals a philosophy of difference realized by philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard, and Jacques Derrida. Using the method of self-portraiture, the author illustrates how this philosophy of difference was shaped as a result of her experiences and how those experiences have informed her engagement or disengagement throughout her K-12 and post-secondary education, her work as a student, and her beliefs as an educator. The study focuses upon and addresses the themes of identity, adoption, family, education, racism, rejection, and their perpetuation of difference. More importantly, the work itself, written through a series of narrative vignettes, depicts the impact of the philosophy of difference in the author's life, which contributed to her approach to the method utilized in the study as a response to her struggles with the aforementioned themes. It is as much a creative, non-fiction writing dissertation as it is a research dissertation, which lends itself to the poststructural philosophies described therein. As a whole, the work is reflective of a search for identity and the implications of being a Vietnam War adoptee who has learned the true value of alterity manifested through personal experience and actualized through the manipulation of language guided by poststructuralism.
Lê, Joie Norby, "Same Same but Different: The Self-Portraiture of a Vietnam War Adoptee and the Poststructural Language of Alterity" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1126.
Received from ProQuest
Joie Norby Lê
Educational Philosophy, Pedagogy, Creative Writing