Posts Tagged "transracial adoption"

Parenting Across Race

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Family & Friends, For Educators, Race & Culture, Transracial Adoption | Comments Off on Parenting Across Race

Parenting Across Race

A new essay I wrote,”Raising Yunhee,” on transracial adoption and parenting across race, has just been published at Korean American Story.   “Adopting Yunhee was one journey; raising her was another. My own passion for Korea, which became my second homeland and the source of my second culture and second language, made me determined to give Yunhee a sense of her birth legacy. But how does a white American, even one who grew up in Korea, raise a Korean American – on an island in Maine?“   Yunhee was the model for Brianna in Brianna, Jamaica and the Dance of...

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Voices of Adoption

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Transracial Adoption | 4 comments

Voices of Adoption

  Anyone connected to adoption from any angle should check out the first issue of a brand-new magazine, The Adoption Constellation. It will be a quarterly print publication from Adoption Mosaic, a website which seeks “to create a safe space where adoption community members can voice their experience, dialogue about issues, and learn from one another.”   I’m honored to have been invited to adapt my “White Mind” columns, directly addressing white adoptive parents of children of color. Many of the articles in the magazine touch on aspects of transracial adoption.  ...

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Dreams 2

Posted by on Aug 10, 2010 in Family & Friends, Korean Books & Culture, Transracial Adoption | 3 comments

Dreams 2

Our daughter, the bride. photo by Angela Tran

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Dreams Coming True

Posted by on Aug 7, 2010 in Family & Friends, Korean Books & Culture, Transracial Adoption | 4 comments

Dreams Coming True

This week I’m transported with love, joy and wonder: Our daughter Yunhee married her beloved Josh (ours, too) on July 31. The night before we held a Korean ceremony complete with traditional wedding hanbok and ritual bows. Tomorrow I arrive at Camp Sejong in northwestern New Jersey, where I’m the creative writing teacher for the Korean-born campers, ages 7-14, from both adoptive and Korean-American families. (For an account of my first year at Sejong in 2007, see “Hong Kil Dong Goes to Camp”.) We’ll be creating vision maps, titled “A Bridge of...

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Transracial Adoption & Discussions About Race

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Family & Friends, Race & Culture, Transracial Adoption | Comments Off on Transracial Adoption & Discussions About Race

Transracial Adoption & Discussions About Race

A few of our daughter Yunhee’s thoughts (comment #11) in response to the same clip (see previous post) on not discussing race with transracially adopted children:   I struggled with identity, and the idea of why I was put up for adoption. I went through phases of sadness, anger, and every other emotion along the way. The idea of my parents telling me not to worry about it, because no one cares about race anymore is unfathomable! That would have destroyed me. My parents were understanding, supportive and ALWAYS willing to talk about what I was feeling. That is how I moved through each...

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