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Links 1 through 10 of 37 by Latoya Peterson tagged adoption

"Thirteen Korean adoptees regained their South Korean citizenship on Tuesday but didn’t have to forfeit their foreign nationality in the first case of its kind to happen since a revised immigration law went into effect, the Justice Ministry said.

"The revised immigration law, which took effect on Jan. 1, allows foreign individuals, including those who have valued expertise and were adopted before they came of age, to hold multiple citizenship if they make a vow to not exercise their rights as foreign nationals while in South Korea."

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"Read from within the audience, a letter begins: 'Dear ….'

"Following hesitantly, as the 20-year-old struggles to find the term for someone who should be so close, but is as yet unknown, comes the title ― 'mother.'

"Written, adapted and performed by Amy Mihyang, 'between' explores growing up as a Korean-American adoptee.

“'I wanted to create a play that explored the complex myriad of stories within Korean-American adoption process, particularly from the birthmother and adoptee perspectives,' Miyhang explained."

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"Now, after the Missouri Supreme Court reversed a lower court's earlier parental rights decision, many more months are likely to pass before it's known who will have custody of a 4-year-old boy born to an undocumented Guatemalan woman and adopted without her consent by an American couple in Carthage, Missouri.

"In a decision handed down Tuesday, the state's high court ruled that Missouri violated its own laws in terminating the parental rights of Encarnacion Bail Romero, who was imprisoned after a 2007 immigration sting at a poultry processing plant.

"But instead of ordering the child returned to his biological mother, it sent the case back to a lower court for retrial."

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"I often find other people’s conceptions of culture lacking. Culture is not merely owned by brown people. We are not the only ethnic people. Our ethnicity, our heritage and our culture are not add-ons.

"Culture is not a knickknack you pick up on vacation. Culture is not the display of an object or a people. Culture is not inherently contained in things. Culture is not a toe-dip and a quick retreat. Culture is not looking at people. Culture is not an optional yearly visit or an afterthought.

"The proper descriptive term for these would be cultural tourism. Not culture."

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A review of Wo Ai Ni Mommy. "The parents seemed woefully unprepared, especially given the fact that they were adopting an older child. They did not appear to have learned even rudimentary Chinese phrases. And yet the adoptive mother is unsympathetic when her new daughter balks at language drills, saying it’s “too hard.” In a voiceover, the mother says something like “She’s thinking this is too hard, why don’t you learn Chinese?” Yet it does not seem to have occurred to the adoptive mother that perhaps she might have tried. [...] The mom badgers the child to Sit up! and learn her lessons. And this segues into a truly awful segment where the adoptive mother lectures the girl about how she has another Chinese kid at home who speaks English and how the mother loves her. And she asks the little girl if she is ugly because she’s a white person."

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"Why do white people always talk about the Asian American identity as if it is either/or? And define which specific identities should be chosen from? Like, will this kid be Chinese, American or Chinese American? Because you can only pick one. Guess which identity will be endorsed and supported by the majority society? (So when I talk about transracial adoptive parents reflecting the general population, remember that the majority are white.)

And what does it mean to be “fully herself”? Is she not fully herself if her identity is not fixed? Or is it that there is some notion of what she should be, and she hasn’t fulfilled that yet? And is it an ageless question or an age-old question? Will the majority audience really relate to the themes of identity? And how is this Chinese woman’s identity portrayed by a white male writer? (I’d guess he wasn’t adopted either, although I have no way to know.)

It’s Chinese America, as portrayed by the majority. Got it."

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"Biggest Loser' trainer Jillian Michaels has a hard little body and she plans to keep it that way. Michaels, 36, tells Women's Health she is unwilling to become pregnant because of the way it would change her body.

"I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that to my body," she told the magazine. "Also, when you rescue something, it's like rescuing a part of yourself."

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"[An adoptive parent] complained that I did not give her one concrete suggestion for how she might go about creating relationships with people who shared her daughter’s ethnicity. And then she begged me to tell her just one thing that she should do.

So I told her to move to a diverse neighborhood.

It’s not like adoptive parents haven’t heard this before. Prospective adopters have access to a wealth of information provided by adult adopted persons. Some of the transracial adoptees are in their fifties now. Over and over we hear the same concrete suggestion for white adoptive parents of children of color:

Move.

Yet overwhelmingly the narrative we hear from white adoptive parents not only ignores this advice, but assumes the opposite is true. It goes beyond simple ignorance, however. It posits the all-white environment as the unspoken norm. Like whiteness, this goes unremarked upon and unnoticed."

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"Islande Normil, 31, said that five years ago she gave her two eldest -- Ronason and Jameson, now 12 and 10 -- to an adoption agency and that she assumes they are both in the United States. Another child, a 10-year-old girl, is in an orphanage in Haiti, she said, awaiting parents who may want her in another country. Normil is left with a 3-year-old girl, who rocked in her arms as she talked to a foreign visitor.

"Some people blame me for what I did -- that I gave them away," she explained. "But I gave them a better life."

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"And while the Americans said they did not intend to offer the children for adoption, the Web site for their orphanage makes clear that they intended to do so."

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