Outside Announcements

  1. Transracial Adoption of Chinese American Adoptees Study from California State University Chinese Adoptee

  2. Stories of Belonging Project from Chinese adoptee and Harvard University Master of Divinity Candidate Nora Williams

  3. New Documentary: One Child Nation

  4. M-POWER Anthology Survey

  5. Touching Home in China Launches New Print Edition

  6. A Message from IAMAdoptee Founder Sung Joo Lee

  7. Chinese Adoptee Twin Sisters Launch Petition Proposing Amendment Allowing Adoptees to Run for President of the United States of America

1. Transracial Adoption of Chinese American Adoptees Study from California State University Chinese Adoptee

Hello, my name is Nicolette. I am a graduate anthropology student at California State University Long Beach and am studying transracial adoption to specifically understand the effects on Chinese American adoptees’ identity development. To participate in my study please be over 18 years old, Chinese in ethnicity, and adopted by non-Asian parents in the United States. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and involves a short online survey. At the end of the survey, there will be an option to schedule a 30 min to one hour long interview via phone or video call, if you wish to talk further about your experiences.

Dated July 28, 2019

2. STories of Belonging Project from Chinese adoptee and harvard university master of divinity candidate nora williams

Hi Everyone, my name is Nora and I just joined the group! It's so cool to see such a thriving community of adoptees all in one place. I was born near Kunming/Yunnan Province and grew up in Denver, CO. At the moment, I am living in Boston working on my Masters at Harvard Divinity School where I study the intersections of adoption and spiritual/religious life (essentially what gives your life meaning and how do you express that). I'm usually pretty low-key on Facebook, but I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and my project that I'm currently working on.

Besides writing about adoption/spirituality/religion, I am also hoping to start a journal of creative writing all about adoption. I'm just putting this out there to share and to see if any of you would be interested or would like to read the first issue (attached below). Either way, I'm happy to be here!

Begin blurb: The purpose of this journal is to call a community of adoptees together to write story and narrative…

…to give depth and complexity to the adoptee experience by sharing what makes each individual’s life profoundly meaningful…

…to engage in the disruption of stereotypes and narratives that subject/objectify.

The constitutive non-/fiction of adoption can prompt reflection, animate imaginative narrative, enact the will to be, and embody the known and the unknown. This journal invites all forms of writing about adoption, including: creative fiction and non-fiction, poetry, photography, art, and lyrics. You can reach me through Facebook, the website, or my personal email nwilliams@hds.harvard.edu Link to the website: https://imaginingadoption.wordpress.com

Dated June 28, 2019    Updated July 28, 2019

Dated June 28, 2019

Updated July 28, 2019

3. New film: one child nation


Emmy-nominated filmmaker Nanfu Wang is releasing a new film that may be of interest to Chinese adoptees interested in the social, cultural, and economic context of China that led to a surplus of abandoned baby girls.

From the Sundance website:

In order to expose rampant human-rights abuses, filmmaker Nanfu Wang fearlessly confronted Chinese government agents in her 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Hooligan Sparrow. Her goal in One Child Nation is no less daunting: unmask the tightly held secrets of China’s one-child policy and, in so doing, free the voices of millions irreparably harmed by the practice.

For Wang, now a first-time mother, investigating the policy of forcibly restricting family size spawns traumatic recollections from her own family’s recent past. These stories, in turn, unleash a dizzying number of revelations from journalists, officials, parents, and activists about the widespread enforcement of sterilization, child abandonment, and state-sponsored kidnappings.

With chilling clarity, Wang’s new documentary reveals how relentless propaganda brainwashed and terrorized countless Chinese citizens into committing unspeakable crimes against fellow villagers and family members. Through interviews with both victims and instigators, along with revelatory data regarding the sheer number of abandoned children (nearly all of them infant girls), One Child Nation breaks open decades of silence on a vast, unprecedented social experiment that shaped—and destroyed—countless lives.

Dated July 9, 2019

4. M-Power anthology survey

Hello, this is Mia Swanson. Please fill out this form to help us refine our developing book to help fund for the education of orphans in Asia. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Hello, this is Mia Swanson. Please fill out the M-POWER Anthology Survey to help us refine our developing book to help fund for the education of orphans in Asia. Thank you for your time and consideration. We are Mission MPOWER, an organization/social enterprise run by youth who are passionate about making a difference in the world. We hope to collect the works (can be short stories, poems/prose, art, essays, or other) of foster children/orphans, adoptees, underprivileged youth, and anyone else with a personal story to share into an anthology. This anthology will help empower the identity and initiative of the contributors, and inspire the people who buy the book. The funds from the book will go towards charities that help orphans in Asia (India, Nepal, West China) receive quality education. Please fill out this survey to help us improve our service and email miaswanson@gmail.com with any concerns or questions or suggestions you have. We'd love to hear from you! Thank you for your time and assistance.

Dated May 13, 2019

5. touching home in china launches new print edition

touching home in china print edition

We're launching our print edition of Touching Home in China. It has a new cover, designed by Jennifer Mou, and new photos inside.

Available for purchase through MIT Press Bookstore and its magical Espresso Book Machine via Amazon.com.

Educators partner our book with the OPEN SOURCE digital lesson plans and resource library on our website to offer students engaged exploration and discovery about modern-day China through the lens of girls and women's lives. Our book's stories are supplemented daily with related news shares on our social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Dated March 24, 2019

6. A message from IAMADOPTEE founder Sung Joo Lee


I Am Adoptee is an organization created by Adoptees for Adoptees. It is a way for Adoptees to connect with other Adoptees locally, nationally, and globally. By creating I AM Adoptee, I am hoping all Adoptees will have easier access in connecting with each other especially area that does not have a large population of Adoptees. In addition I AM Adoptee provides adoption content created by adoptees, resource information about adoption.  

In addition, I AM Adoptees VISION- created by adoptees for adoptees, I AM Adoptee comes from the singular vision that the international adopted person is the heart of the international overseas adoption story. We seek to provide our international adoptee members with a platform to find others like ourselves, to make connections and to share the many ways we can help each other. At I AM Adoptee; we welcome you, the adoptee, to be the narrator, commentator and contributor through this interactive community. No matter where you are in your discovery of your international adoption identity, I AM Adoptee seeks to provide resources to guide you through your journey by crowdsourcing ideas and inviting your participation in the worldwide conversation of how adoption has impacted millions of people.

All membership is Free. Please help spread the word and get everyone registered for I AM Adoptee. We are one million strong and let our voices and presence be felt within our community and the world

How do I register?

Before you register, please make sure you have access to TWO (2) separate photos.

1) “Referral” adoption photo. If you do not have a “Referral” photo, please use a photo that represents your “adoption beginnings” (I.E infant or toddler picture). Regardless of our stories, all adoptees had a beginning and it is critical that all members share their beginning with the community.

2) “Current” photo. The current photo represents you now. Make sure you select that picture that best defines you who are now!

These two photos will be your profile membership that represents you and I AM Adoptee.

Click on website link here. For easier registration I would suggest registering on a laptop and desktop. You can access I AM Adoptee on a mobile device but for the first time registration, I recommend the above. You will get a list of questions and required to upload two photos as noted above.

It is required to upload your “Referral” and Current Photo for the website to approve your membership. The more information you can share about your adoption the greater chance you will be able to connect with other Adoptees with similar information and interests within your location.

If you are interested in volunteering and/or want to submit any work created by you, please email iamadoptee@gmail.com

Please join US and become part of the I AM Adoptee community!

Dated February 4th, 2019

7. Chinese Adoptee Twin Sisters Launch Petition Proposing Amendment Allowing Adoptees to Run for President of the United States of America

Hello China's Children International,

My name is AnMei. I was adopted from China with my twin sister, JiaLi, when I was 10 months old and have been living in the United States ever since. I am now 13 years old and in 7th grade at Wydown Middle School in St. Louis, MO.

When I was in fourth grade we were learning about the government and I realized that because I was adopted from another country I am not allowed to become president of the US. The law that prevents children like me from becoming president is called the “natural citizen” law and basically means that in order to become the president you must be born as a US citizen.

I found this very unfair and decided to do something about it. I, with the help of my sister and a friend who was also adopted internationally at a young age, started a petition proposing that the US House and Senate make an amendment to the constitution allowing children who were adopted at 10 years old or younger to become president following all other requirements. In just a few short months and with help from many teachers and friends we were able to collect over 200 signatures on paper, and within the past month or two, we got over 80 more on change.org.

If you agree with our proposal, please support our project by signing our petition on change.org here: https://www.change.org/p/allow-adopted-kids-to-become-president
Thank you,

Dated March 1, 2019