My mysterious adoption
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
1y ago
Imagine your whole life believing that you are one thing and then learning in mid-life that you are not what you have always believed you were. Let me explain. When I was four months old, I was adopted by a white American family from an orphanage in Taipei, Taiwan. My dad was a lieutenant colonel ..read more
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New website forthcoming!
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
2y ago
Hello folks. I hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy in this most uncertain of times. I’m writing to announce that Beyondtowworlds.com is winding down while I work on a new site with brand new content. Initially, I had planned to cancel Beyond Two Worlds, but decided it was too hard to ..read more
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Coming to an end
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
2y ago
Hello folks. I hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy in this most uncertain of times. I’m writing this morning to announce that Beyondtowworlds.com will be cancelled as of October 7, 2020, and the content will no longer be available. Thank you so much to those of you who have supported this ..read more
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Shift happens
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
2y ago
Hello friends. I hope that you and your loved ones are all feeling healthy not just in body, but in mind and spirit, too. It has been a hell of a time. I have found it difficult to stay grounded in such an unpredictable and volatile time. Limiting my exposure to anything that could negatively ..read more
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The language of trauma
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
3y ago
“The single most important issue for traumatized people is to find a sense of safety in their own bodies.” Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score Disturbing memories and emotional pain can stay in our bodies long after a traumatic event has ended. Psychiatrist, researcher and educator, Bessel van der Kolk, wrote “The ..read more
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Lean in to the quiet moments
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
3y ago
Greetings! I truly hope that this post finds you healthy and safe. We are all learning how to manage life in a world where sheltering in place, wearing face coverings, and working from home has become the norm. The news is scary, tragic, and heartbreaking. COVID-19 has affected all of our lives. My heart goes ..read more
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Healing childhood trauma
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
3y ago
Hello everyone. In this post, I wanted to talk about childhood trauma. To heal childhood trauma, it’s important to understand how trauma affects a child’s development. So, that’s where we’ll begin. If you have not yet read my last post on adoption and preverbal trauma, you can check it out here. Today, I’ll present a ..read more
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Adoption and preverbal trauma
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
3y ago
I am often confronted by fost/adoptive parents who question the impact of adoption on a child adopted at infancy. “What can an infant know or remember?” they ask. In this post, I’ll discuss this question and adoption as trauma. In Nancy Verrier-Newton’s book, The Primal Wound, she writes, Many doctors and psychologists now understand that bonding ..read more
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Taiwanese American cultural festival
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
3y ago
May is winding down, and boy has it been a busy month. May is officially recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrations occur throughout California during the month including the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Taiwanese American Cultural Festival, which is held annually in the Bay area. TACF is sponsored by Taiwanese ..read more
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Taiwanese adoptee adoption conference
Beyond Two Worlds | Musings of a Taiwanese-American Adoptee
by Mj
3y ago
It’s New Year’s Eve! Are you ready for 2020? Like many of you, I’ve spent recent days reflecting on 2019 and have so many new ideas and intentions for the New Year. Something I’ve been contemplating for some time now is a conference specifically for Taiwanese adoptees. We are perhaps a smaller cohort among fellow ..read more
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