Guest Speaker Series: Get Involved, Interact, Learn

The CCI Guest Speaker Series is a subset of our Adoptee Only Chats. This project gives our members a chance to speak "in person” with influential figures in the Adoption Community. 

Speakers share their fascinating life stories and personal journeys so far. Many are also advocates for Asians in media and entertainment and are actively engaged in organizing the adoptee community.

These live-streamed video chats are moderated by a CCI Board Member about their experience in the Adoption Community. After a short introduction, CCI members are allowed to freely inquire about the speaker's career and influence in the greater community.

We are able to accommodate a limited number attendees (chosen on a first come, first serve basis). However, everyone is invited to watch the live-stream and to Tweet their questions (@cci_adoptees). Afterwards, the video is posted online via YouTube.

We hope that these chats can inform and inspire those interested in getting more involved in the Chinese Adoptee community and the greater adoption community.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Our Guest Speaker chats are NOT endorsements of the individuals, their work, or their personal views on adoption. CCI hosts these events as opportunities for members to interact with influential figures in the Chinese adoptee community.

Recent Chat

Sunday, September 9th, 2018 from 8:00 - 8:30 PM EST

Featuring Amanda Sparso, Chinese adoptee and director of the animated short film Yuanfen


Amanda Sparso is a CG artist working in the film and animation industry in NYC. She is best known for directing the CG Animated Short Film, Yuanfen. As an adoptee from Guangzhou, China, Amanda’s film tells a personal tale of adoption as seen through the eyes of a child.

Prior to beginning her career as a CG artist, Amanda heavily focused her training on ballet, piano, singing, and musical theater. She was given the opportunity to train pre-professionally with American Ballet Theater and Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and later went on to earn a coveted internship on Disney’s College Program.

Amanda recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Computer Animation. To view her work, visit:


A young orphan is guided on a journey through China to be united with her parents to be.

Yuanfen is a CG Animated short film directed by Amanda Sparso and produced at the School of Visual Arts. In hopes of shedding a positive light on adoption and raising more awareness for the issue, the film tells a heartwarming tale of adoption as seen through the eyes of a child.

Amanda's official site:

Yuanfen's Official Site:


To be eligible to sign up, please fill in our Video Chat waiver form. You must be a Chinese adoptee who is over 18 to participate.

To sign up for each chat, join our Facebook Group and be on the look-out for sign up forms. 

  1. You must have a Google account to participate. If you don't have one, you must set up an account here. 
  2. Go to and activate your Google+ account. Once you have done that, add to your "circles." A day or two before the chat, please do a test call, to ensure that you've downloaded all of the software needed to participate.
  3. In order to secure a spot, you must have added us and be online at least 20 minutes prior to the chat start time. You should receive an email or notification about this. We will NOT let anyone into the chat who is late. 
  4. Please be sure to be in a quiet area while you are on the chat. When other people are speaking, please be sure to mute your microphone by pressing the button that looks like a microphone with a line through it. We will run through all of these rules again once everyone is online. 

Any questions or concerns about these chats, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

past chats

To see more of our previous chats, please go here.

  • April 4 2016 | Kira Omans: 2015 Pacific Miss Asian American
  • February 16 2016 | Jenna Ushkowitz & Sam Futerman: Kindred Adoption 
  • November 19 2015 | Jennifer Jue-Steuck: Chinese Adoptee Links/Global Generations
  • June 9 2015 | DANakaDAN: Alternative Rap Artist