Stories of Belonging Project from Chinese adoptee and Harvard University Master of Divinity Candidate Nora Williams
New Documentary: One Child Nation
M-POWER Anthology Survey
New Asian Adoptee Facebook group: subtle asian adoptee traits
Touching Home in China Launches New Print Edition
A Message from IAMAdoptee Founder Sung Joo Lee
Chinese Adoptee Twin Sisters Launch Petition Proposing Amendment Allowing Adoptees to Run for President of the United States of America
1. STories of Belonging Project from Chinese adoptee and harvard university master of divinity candidate nora williams
One of our CCI members, Nora Williams, has launched a project for the Summer / Fall of 2019 called Stories of Belonging for her Master of Divinity at Harvard University. She hopes to focus on how individuals within the Chinese adoptee community translate themes of spirituality, belief and the creation of meaning into creative expression, and she is looking for interested participants. One part of what makes this project so unique is its focus also on creative writing. If you're interested, please reach out to Nora at the address provided!
2. 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
3. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
4. New Asian adoptee facebook group: subtle asian adoptee traits
Inspired by the hit group “subtle asian traits,” Chinese adoptee Dana has founded “subtle asian adoptee traits,” which you can find here.
“When you're too Asian to fit in with the white kids and too white to fit in with the Asian kids.”
A space BY adoptees FOR adoptees.
Who’s in: any racially Asian person who has legal parents that aren’t biological/blood related.
Dated March 24, 2019
5. touching home in china launches new 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 email@example.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
Dated March 1, 2019