Webinar: Asian Adoptee Voices
Asian Adoptee Voices
Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often in the child welfare field, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. The voices of Asian adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured. They will address issues such as being the ‘model’ minority, gendered narratives about female adoptees value in Asian cultures, exotified identities for Asian women and invisible masculinity for Asian men. Culture-specific approaches to adoption and search (both transnational and domestic) will also be addressed.
Participants will be able to:
Instructor: Susan Ito
Experience: Susan Ito is a biracial Asian adoptee, teacher, and writer. She has served as the beloved director of Pact Camp from 2004 to 2011 and is now Head of Pact’s Adult Adoptee Advisory Board, a voting board member of Pact, and works with the Adoption Museum Project. Her book A Ghost At Heart’s Edge is one of the few literary anthologies focused on all members of the adoption triad and she has recently published an excerpt of her adoption memoir, The Mouse Room. Susan’s solo performance piece on adoption, “The Ice Cream Gene,” has been performed nationally. She lives in Oakland with her husband and mother; and has two young adult daughters. She teaches and writes at Mills College and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
$36 per person non-member
Special pricing Pact member receive 25% discount.
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