CCI Past Newsletter Archive
Past newsletters are in order by date, from most recent to oldest. We take them down after 6 months or so; if you would like to view older newsletters, send us an email.
July / August 2019
It may be summer, but the CCI Board is working to deliver some exciting new projects over the summer break.
Thanks to the hard work from our two Summer 2019 interns, our focus this summer is languages - learning the meaning behind our orphanage-given names with Ally Lamb's "Chinese Name Project" and the Humans of CCI: Language of Adoption feature with Hannah-Mei Grisley. More information about both projects down below.
In addition, we are working to expand and raise awareness of CCI's presence and the adoptee community around the world. Our first stop is the UK - we now have a new Facebook group for UK-based adoptees and our first ever UK meetup in London this August.
CCI Board and Summer 2019 Interns
May / June 2019
Late Spring / Early Summer has been an interesting time to think about themes of inclusion and exclusion among overlapping identities and communities. For one, May was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, a great opportunity for our community to reflect on our place within this larger community and what Asian heritage means to us. In what ways did we see ourselves and our narratives within greater Asian American circles? In what ways did we feel that we do not belong?
May and June also brought Mother's Day and Father's Day. For some adoptees, this may be a time to celebrate the many iterations of "family." And yet, the neatly packaged "hallmark card" nature of these days can feel invalidating to the lives and narratives of birth parents and feel alien to the complex feelings of loss often felt by adoptees on this day. Some who may have not grown up with either a mother figure or a father figure or both may have questioned the inclusiveness of the day.
Finally, June was also pride month, a great time to include and highlight the voices of our LGBTQ identifying Chinese adoptees. Our CCI Pride group hopes to provide a safe and supportive space for a community that may feel like a minority within a minority. It is a good time for all of us to think about how inclusive we are striving to be as a community.
But, at the same time that we recognize the existence of circles of inclusivity and exclusivity, we can also realize that these circles aren't set in stone. By telling our own stories, we can to the diversity represented in the narrative. By sharing our own stories, we may also be surprised to find that others are in the same boat. In this way, we may be able to create new circles of inclusivity and belonging. It will never be perfect, but it can be a step in a good direction. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
CCI Board and Committee
Firstly, we'd like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy Year of the Pig! 祝您新年快乐、猪年大吉！In Mandarin, you can wish others a happy new year by saying: 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè!
In China, the New Year is a time for family to come together to bid farewell to the current year and usher in the new under auspices of good luck, abundant wealth, and bountiful successes. The Chinese New Year is often a difficult time for adoptees, because it brings up longing for Chinese family and heritage. But at the same time, at CCI, we are all one family, so the New Year can also be a great time for us to come together, such as our 2019 Boston-area Chinese New Year Celebration In that way, CCI recognizes that the New Year can be a bittersweet time for many.
This month especially, we invite you to join us in dialogue about what it means for Chinese adoptees to connect to heritage and foster a sense of cultural identity. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
CCI Board and Committee
Dear CCI Family,
New Years is a time to reflect on successes and refocus our signposts for the road ahead. We’ve had a great year here at CCI; our 2018 focus was on building the foundation for a growing nation-wide network of local CCI chapters. As of writing, we have founded chapters in Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, and Philadelphia. We’ve also succeeded in bringing back and expanding our e-magazine of written works, set to publish in late January. We’ve hosted guest speakers such as Lynelle Long, Grace Newton, and Amanda Sparso. Our 2018 OneSky / CCI Chinese Adoptee Summer Volunteer trip to a medical care home for orphans successfully completed its 6th year! And, you’re currently reading our newest installment: our email CCI newsletter!
As we enter CCI’s eighth year, we are committed to continuing our tradition of providing quality programs through which adoptees can create life-long connections while also establishing a strong financial foundation and model to sustain the organization for many more years of service to the Chinese adoptee community. We also hope to take more steps to reflect what members hope to see in the community; but, we cannot do this without your input. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time through our main email.
From our CCI family to yours, we wish you a joyous, healthy, and happy 2019. We thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to creating more positivity, connection, and support within the international Chinese adoptee community that we are all a part of.
The CCI Board and Committee
As many of you know, November is National (Inter)National Adoption Awareness Month. This year, China’s Children International has observed #NAAM2018 by reaffirming our adoptee-centric commitment. In a landscape dominated by narratives from adoption agencies and adoptive parents, we’ve called for those beautiful #adopteevoices to take precedence. By speaking out and telling our stories, we believe we can challenge the narrative of adoption as a clear-cut, perfect solution and the expectation of the adoptee as the grateful child. Rather, by sharing our diverse experiences, we can uncover the complexity and explore the often conflicting emotions that accompany adult adoptees on the life-long, ever-evolving adoption process.
For #NAAM2018, the CCI community shared a special Facebook Profile frame and pooled our collective multi-media storytelling talents to work on CCI’s Fall/ Winter E-magazine. Most exciting of all, for #NAAM2018, we were happy to welcome Grace Newton, Chinese adoptee and author of Red Thread Broken, the acclaimed blog on transracial adoption, for our inaugural CCI November Guest Chat.
Grace’s pioneering work in centering Chinese adoptee voices serves as great inspiration to our community. We’ll take a cue from her as we follow her lead in calling this month (Inter)National Adoptee Month. As we move into December and beyond, we hope you join us in keeping the spirit of November (Inter)national Adoptee Month alive not only for this one month, but every single day. The content of this newsletter offers a peek into ways that you can join the movement, so be sure to check the opportunities out.
CCI Board and Committee
Welcome to Fall 2018 and the return of China's Children International's E-newsletter. The purpose of these newsletters is to bring the latest CCI and Chinese adoptee community news to your inbox.
CCI Board and Committee