United States, DAN, Jeff Yang discussed on They Call Us Bruce
If can give us a little bit more background on yourself and how you got to. The position of being kind of an advocate for a fellow adoptees <hes>. Wait on US share. So I was adopted from China in one, thousand, nine, hundred, Ninety, seven, when I was three years old, and I was adopted by two wonderful. White adoptive parents and raised in the Midwest <hes>. And my parents I. Give them a lot of credit for. Really trying to keep a lot of my cultural roots I went to Saturday morning Chinese school with my dad for language and dance and <hes> I. Remember growing up. My parents subscribe to women of China magazine, so that I would see women who looked like me in the media <hes>, which does not happen that much in mainstream US media. But it was really in college when I started to process my racial identity and adopt the identify more I took a class taught by an adoptee professor my first year. That really turned everything. I knew about adoption upside down I think the the common narrative that we. Like to believe about adoption. Is that <hes>? Adoption provides homes for children in need and gives children, too <hes> loving people who can't have children or don't yet. Have Children <hes>? But. In my class, we really talked about the history of transracial and transnational adoption, but Has Roots in Australia and an attempt at cultural genocide and. Just a lot of the different layers of trafficking and coercion that happened to frequently <hes> and so when I was processing districts like how I bring this troubling history of adoption and merge it with. My experiences and <hes> what it means to be a part of this system in have my family created in this way I really <hes>. I really <hes> feel lucky that I was in Minnesota when I was doing. All of this processing, because Minnesota has <hes> one of the highest number of adoptees per capita in. The country and I learned a lot from. The Korean adoptees of The generation before. Mine and I started looking at adoptee blogs and. Fila even all started looking at Asia angry Asian man just A. Really trying to piece together how I fit in Asian American history and adoption adoption, history and After I had really grappled with a lot of the hard things I think that. I really wanted to become a voice for adoptees who are often silenced and <hes> when they. Give voice to <hes> some of these more negative sides of adoption and. Bring to light. The issues of. Trafficking or just complicate the narrative that sometimes it's not this heroin decision that a birth mother makes to give their child better life. Sometimes they have no. And what it means to. Have that. Profound loss. As a starting point in life, and what it means to carry that loss of family country, language culture. Throughout the life course and so I think that <hes>. I think yeah, my my goal. Is Not to like add manish adoption and condemn it and people who've been involved, but just to <hes> bring him or nuanced and complete picture to adoption than currently exists.