Resources

Our list of resources is a work in progress that we hope our entire community can contribute to and we encourage people to email us with any resources they know of. They can email resources and reviews to chinachildreninternational@gmail.com.

Adoptees in the News

October 2017 | Two Asian-American Women Discuss What it Means to be Transracial Adoptees by Zeba Blay

October 2017 | Sinica Podcast: A conversation with Chinese adoptees in the U.S. featuring Charlotte Cotter and Rae Winborn

August 11, 2017 | Two Decades By Taylor Shennett

September 22 2017 | The Struggle for Identity as an Asian American Adoptee by Kristin Lauritsch

September 1 2016 | An Adoptee is Returning to China by Olivia Wolf    

June 1 2016 | Humans of New York features a Chinese Adoptee

June 6 2016 | Story of Alena Mulhern, Run for President in 2040

March 31 2016 | Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In  All 50 States

March 30 2016 | A 'Lost' Daughter Speaks, and All of China Listens by Jenna Cook

February 11 2016 | Born Chinese, raised American, an adoptee explores her identity by Mary Kay Magistad

January 27 2016 | As A Child Born During China's One-Child Policy, I Was One Of The Lucky Ones by Olivia Ellis

January 2016 | The Not-So Perks of a ‘Privileged’ Life by MaryClare Colombo

December 18 2015 | Submission by Maya Xia Ludtke

December 16 2015 | Chinese Adoptees at Home in America by Rena Silverman

December 14 2015 | I Hate Being Judged Because I Look Different Than My Adoptive Family by mma Goddard                                                 

September 25 2015 | China’s one-child policy led to my adoption — and a more privileged life

August 23 2012 | For Chinese-American Adoptees, Matters of Identity

July 17 2012 | Adopted from China: Finding identity through heritage

March 23 2006 | Adopted in China, Seeking Identity in America (PAYWALL)

Downloadable PDFs

Chinese Language Resources

Birth Parent Search Manual

Books

The Monkey King’s Daughter An empowering series for young readers, especially girls dealing with growing up in two cultures. The books are exciting, uplifting and feature a young Chinese-American heroine.

Chinese Language Learning

Chinese-English Dictionaries

  • Chineasy - A system for learning Chinese via pictographs. 
  • Chinese Notes - A useful site for anyone interested in Chinese culture and language.
  • MDGB - An online dictionary and translation tool.
  • NCIKU - Chinese-English dictionary complete with example sentences, as well as dialogues.

Non-Mandarin Resources

 

Apps and Video Channels

  • CCTVCCTV is a widely viewed TV channel in China that offers outsiders an inside scope of everyday life in China. There is no better way to learn Chinese than immersing yourself in its language and culture!
  • PlecoChinese dictionary app complete with handwriting input, audio supplements, document readers, and flashcards.
  • SkritterLearn how to write Chinese and Japanese characters. Skritter can help you practice writing characters in the correct stroke order.  With their huge catalog of textbooks, you can easily pick and study the vocabulary. It supports 181 different commonly used Chinese textbooks such as Integrated ChineseNi Hao, and the Chih-p'ing Chou textbooks. 
  • http://www.iqiyi.com/
  • http://www.v.qq.com
  • http://crazyfreshchinese.com
  • Yoyo Chinese

Adoptee Written and Video Blogs

Alex Brennan Productions Alex's YouTube channel focusing on being an Adoptee

Chinawistful Hi, my name is Kate! I am passionate about different cultures, make people happy, and adoption. My blog story will always be inspiration and heart warming for adoptees and adoptive parents who adopt their children to help understand the deaf community and how to access communication and American Sign Language (ASL). 

Confessions of an Adoptee A thought-provoking blog that posts some of the innermost thoughts and feelings that adoptees have in relation to their adoption and identities. Submissions are primarily published anonymously.

Dear Adoption A blog made up of letters from adoptees whose motto is give voice to those most affected by adoption: adoptees. The site includes a nice list of resources for adult adoptees that we highly recommend.

Declassified Adoptee Amanda Woolston’s internationally recognized adoptee blog. She is a 20-something adult adoptee, author, speaker, licensed social worker, and psychotherapists with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in social work. She has been writing about adoption for almost 6 years and she is the founder of Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights and Lost Daughters.

The Here and Nao Naomi's personal youtube channel focusing on making videos about her travels, being an Adoptee and promoting East Asian Voices and Media in Britain

I Am Adopted Jessenia is an adult adoptee with 10 years of experience advocating and fostering relationships with adoptees, and over five years of experience teaching adoptive parents how to have a successful and genuine relationship with their adopted child.

Lost Daughters Lost Daughters is an independent collaborative writing project founded in 2011.  It is edited and authored exclusively by adult women who were adopted as children.  Their name was chosen in the spirit of BJ Lifton's concept of one's Self becoming "lost" and "found" throughout the journey of being adopted.

Myownrace "In this blog, I am going to focus on my story of adoption. I will try to explain how it has effected me in the past, how it is effecting me now, and what I expect for the future."

One World: Chinese Adoptee Links CAL is the first global group created by Chinese adoptees. Their blog showcases various guest writers' pieces and reflects the global community of Chinese adoptees.

On the Periphery Suzi’s blog entitled “On the Periphery: An Identity Journey,” ‘is a space for critical analysis and personal reflection on identity and adoption. She tries to dismantle the marginalization that occurs around adoption narratives. This blog was made to redefine larger concepts of identity, race, and ethnicity.’

Our China Stories Since 1992, more than 140,000 children have left China for homes in some sixteen countries. Here, Chinese adoptees, their families and friends tell their stories.

Red Thread Broken Grace Newton's blog "exposing the red thread myth in relation to adoption. This blog includes personal questions, reflections, upcoming adoptee events, literature reviews and responses to recent adoptee media, as well as the ideas of what it means to be Chinese American. This blog presents a more holistic view of international adoption as opposed to the "Hallmarkization" as portrayed in the media."

Stories from an Adoptee I started my blog in October 2015. I want to create more awareness about adoption. I would like to give people the full impression about being adopted. Not only negative effects but also the positive ones. Adoption is for me a way of living. It made me for who I am. My adoption gave me a second life but gives me also a lot of pain. Therefore these stories are about lost, loss, love and friendship. These themes are universal and I hope other people can relate to my stories too. I am a very creative person and therefore it's an artistic blog I love to paint and write so a lot of items are made by me. If I see something else very inspiring I also put it on my blog. My blog tells stories about how I deal with adoption and how it inspires me in life. Love, the Happy Panda!

Transracial Eyes "A resource for those exploring the ideas of transracial and/or international adoption, whose primary raison d’etre is to provide a platform for adoptees to speak without censorship. We therefore make no apologies for what we think and feel here, nor do we serve anyone but adoptees."

We are Asian Adoptees A Blog for Asian Adoptees. "Clearing ignorance and confronting racism, as well as transnationalism: Our purpose is to provide a place for adoptees and people to ask questions concerning adoption in Asia."

Adoptee Podcasts

Adoptees On is a podcast about the adoption experience hosted by Haley Radke. In her own words: “Adoptees On, is a gathering of incredible people willing to share their intimately personal stories with you.”

A Family in China is a podcast about adoptee birth parent search.

Out of the Fog is a radio podcast where stories about family, adoption and power intertwine. We aim to break the shame and isolation surrounding the lives of those affected by family separation through frank and open conversation.

In The Rambler Korean Adoptee Mike McDonald hosts an hour-long, one-on-one interview podcast centered around international and transracial adoption and the people involved.

Who am I really? Is a podcast by adoptee Damon Davis who, in his own words, “had the good fortune to be reunited with my biological mother in 2009 in a heart warming story of coincidental history, a mutual desire to be reunified, and the pure luck to be able to surprise my biological mother, Ann, for our reunion on her birthday.” He is devoting this program to helping people placed into adoption or who grew up in foster care to explore their own emotions, desires, and questions about reuniting with their biological family by asking others to share their true stories.