Out of the Shadows: An Adoptee Perspective on "American Baby" by Gabrielle Glaser
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American Baby is a new non-fiction book about the history of closed adoption in the United States that takes a critical look about adoption in America. The book has received high praise and has been reviewed widely. The New York Times Book Review described it as "a singular story to tell a universal truth." But I wanted to review the book from the perspective of an adoptee. Because I have been reading and writing about adoption for years, I was curious what we, the adoption constellation, would think of the book. First of all, I was surprised to find that the author, Gabri ..read more
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"Better Times Will Come" (Janis Ian), by an Adoptee and Birthmother
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This song is "Better Times Will Come," by Janis Ian, sung by my birthmother and myself. Janis Ian wrote the song at the beginning of the pandemic. One article described it, "For those of us who are losing sleep, worrying about the death count and financial concerns—and feeling restless from the isolation of social distancing—the song is a welcome relief." The artist shared the song with the world, encouraging others to sing it and share it. She shares the many renditions on her Facebook page. It's been covered by famous artists, out-of-work musicians, and people like us just needing to feel h ..read more
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Getting this MD is my Form of Protest: Being in Medical School During COVID and a Pandemic of Anti-Blackness (Part II)
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SPECIAL NOTE: Brittanie is now halfway to her fundraising goal. Please continue to give generously. These funds are needed to help Brittanie afford tutoring so that she can pass her exams to receive her Medical Doctorate. Her Cash App is: $Brittaniefloyd. And, her Venmo is: @Brittanie-Floyd and her PayPal pool can be found here.------------ By Amanda Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW "While this year hasn’t been easy for most of us, it has been especially hard on the black community." These words echo in my mind as I continued the rest of my interview with the incredible Ms. Brittanie Floyd. I had ..read more
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Meet the Black Female Late-Discovery Adoptee Poised to Become a Psychiatrist and Change the World
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By Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW Did you ever say, "My brain works differently than yours," to your parents? I remember saying those words to my adoptive parents, on more than one occasion. I tried to get my meek and long-suffering mother to understand my bold boisterousness. I tried to ease the frustration of my mathematically-gifted father as he pinched the bridge of his nose during one of our many late-night homework sessions. I went into mental health work in large part to prove that there is more than one way to understand people. Even, to prove to myself that there were legitim ..read more
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Round Table: Verbal Abuse Towards Women.
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What does it mean when male public figures publicly verbally assault female colleagues, as in the recent incident where Representative Yoho accosted AOC and later called her a “fucking bitch” to the press? Has this happened to you? Does the way you were raised influence how you respond? What is your gut reaction to men who verbally abuse women? Context: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/rep-ocasio-cortez-dismisses-rep-yohos-attempted-apology-for-confrontation-on-capitol-steps/2020/07/23/eb2610de-cceb-11ea-b0e3-d55bda07d66a_story.html Pam Roberts:  I’m 53. For many ..read more
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Round Table: Black People Shouldn't Have to Be Resilient
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What does it mean for you to be expected to be resilient by your school, family, workplaces, etc. while they avoid confronting racism? What is your biggest bandwidth drain(s)? What are the invisible (to white people) consequences you experience as a result of being drained? Lost Daughters Respond: Grace Newton Resiliency is such a misused word in adoption communities and in general! Stephanie Oyler Resilience to me also equals exhaustion. The mere fact that you are resilient, means that you are faced with obstacles that you have to overcome time and time again. That’s how you encompass t ..read more
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Asian, Adopted, and Anxious During COVID-19
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With more than 400,000 global deaths from COVID-19, a plunging economy, soaring rates of unemployment, a rise in anti-Asian racism and violence around the world, and a clear racial disparity in the fatality of the illness here in the United States, this is one of the most devastating collective events in my lifetime. This year will surely be a memorable period in history with both this global pandemic and widespread social unrest, as cities all over the country and world have protests to honor Black lives and produce meaningful societal changes. As we adapt to an ever-evolving world that incl ..read more
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An Asian Adoptee's Perspective on Asian American Heritage Month
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"Yeah, but you're not really Korean. You're American, right?" * * * I am about a month away from my 45th birthday. And yet, it is only in the past decade that I have finally begun to explore my own identity and history as an Asian person. As a transracial, transnational adoptee, i.e., an Asian person raised by a White family in predominantly White communities, I spent most of my life severed from Asian culture, people, and history. Then, in 2009, after seven years of searching, I got a call that my Korean parents were alive and waiting to meet me. Suddenly, upon reuniting with my Korean ..read more
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