CCi’s Quick List of Adoptee News Articles

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6 Awkward Situations That Asian Adoptees are So Over Ruby Rosenwasser shares questions that we all may know well, paired with timely and funny memes.

“#Iamonemillion” Adoption advocate Katie Mantele shares her thoughts on the current state of DNA testing for Chinese adoptees.

“An Adoptee is Returning to China” Olivia Wolf, an intern for As Am News, writes about her upcoming trip to visit Shaoyang, Henan province (her birthplace) for the 1st time with her father. She plans to visit the welfare center that she came from in attempts to search for her foster mother.

“Adopted 11-Year-Old Born In China Wants To Run For President In 2040 – So She’s Working To Change The Law”Alena Mulhern discusses the unfairness of the US’ constitution prevention from non-US-born citizens reaching the Oval Office, and how that limitation obstructs her (& others’) dream of becoming the US president.

“A ‘Lost’ Daughter Speaks, and All of China Listens” Jenna Cook shares her experience of searching for her birth/biological parents in Wuhan, Hubei province, as well as the responses she has received over the course of her stay by the Chinese public and press.

A post from “Humans of New York” A Chinese adoptee talks about her relationship with her single, adoptive mom.

Asian but not really - an Adoption story” Swedish adoptee Maja Boellke introduces many important aspects of the Chinese adoptee diaspora.

“Born Chinese, raised American, an adoptee explores her identity” A Chinese adoptee collaborates with her adoptive mother, who works as a journalist, to share her journey of finding her identity, her return to her birthplace, and, lastly, the impact the China’s one-child policy had on the practice of international/transnational adoption.

“Born in Jiangsu, long in the United States, my life experience” Maya Ludtke writes and reflects about her trip back to Xiaxi (her hometown) and shares the reactions people had of her while she was there.

“Chinese Adoptee Finds her Birth Family on Her 19th Birthday” Olivia Wolf writes the story of Kaylena Wiederhold, a young woman from Michigan, who finds her birth family in Jiangxi Province, China.

“Chinese Adoptees at Home in America” Meng Han explores the lives and issues of Chinese adoptees living in the US in the midst of her English Fellowship.

 “China’s one-child policy led to my adoption — and a more privileged life” Ricki Mudd talks about her reunion with her biological/birth parents, the discoveries she made during her stay in her birthplace, as well as her thoughts about the One-Child Policy.

Further reflections on adoption, Chinese study abroad” Two years after her study abroad experience in Shanghai, Kim Rooney reflects on her experience as a Chinese-American adoptee returning to China for the first time.

“I Found My Birth Mother. It Didn't Rock My Life — And That's Ok” Ashley Westerman talks about her reunion with her biological/birth mother from the Philippines, from a realistic perspective.While she was excited about seeing her mother again for the first time, she discusses her emotions of how her life did not seem to dramatically change afterwards, and that she did not have much in common with her mom, other than genetics.

“I Hate Being Judged Because I Look Different Than My Adoptive Family” Emma, an Indonesian adoptee, shares her experiences of people making remarks about how “different” she looks from the rest of her family. She hopes that people will come to realize that her family is just like any other typical family, and that she is not as different as it may appear from her own family.

“I’m an International Adoptee and Not Interested in Finding my Biological Parents” Holly Johnson explores why she would choose not to search for her biological parents.

“On Centering Adoptee Narratives” by Casey Lu Simon-Plumb, Meghan Kelly, & Christopher Malfronti. This article argues that the adoption experience is different for every adoptees, and that their own thoughts about adoption can be different from others. They also share questions for everyone to think about in order to critically analyze the practice of adoption.

 “On China’s one-child policy: reflections of an adoptee” Chinese adoptee, Scout Gregorson, responds to an opinion paper written by Sarah Conly (a professor of philosophy) concerning the One-Child Policy.

“The point of return” Three teens make their way back to the orphanage they left in China - this time as volunteers.

“Reconciling Asian-American Identity within Transracial Adoptions” Mengwen Cao photographed and interviewed New Yorkers who were adopted from Asia and grew up in white families.

“Searching for her Birth Parents, Chinese girl adopted to the United States 22 years ago just wants them to know she is safe and happy” In 1996, Carol Free adopted a girl, who she named Kathryn, and took her to California. This year Kathryn returned to China to seek her biological parents – but, for any number of reasons, they may not want to be found

“Staying connected: Why these nine adoptees from China reunite annually” Nicknamed the Spicy Sisters,” the nine adoptees from China and their parents make an effort to reunite annually.

“The Struggle For Identity As An Asian American Adoptee” Kristin Lauritsch shares her experience of being a Korean adoptee who grew up in a white suburban, as well as her experience of being involved with the Asian Student Union in college.

“The Not-So Perks Of A “Privileged” Life: The Consequences of China’s One-Child Policy” Mary-Claire Colombo reflects on the One-Child Policy and shares her conflicting feelings about the policy’s recent termination.

“Two Asian-American Women Discuss What It Means To Be Transracial Adoptees” Huffington Post interviews two Korean adoptees on the subject of transracial adoption, race, Korean culture, and family.

“You Can Go Home Again” In search of answers, two Chinese American teens return to the rural towns in China where they were abandoned as infants.