Asian Americana: James Taylor Live

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Very rarely am I conscious of the fact that I’m Asian living in a non-Asian country. Yes, there are times when I am reminded of this reality, such as when I go shopping for clothes (I get it, I’m short!), or when I’m getting my nails done and my Vietnamese technician asks me questions I don’t know the answers to about Korea. Or when I buy make-up (I think I’ve finally figured out how to blend the perfect liquid foundation shade but God did it take a lot of trial and error), but other than that, I’ve been very fortunate to feel no different from those around me most of my days. (I very much credit this to living in Washington, DC which truly is an international city.)

But last week, for the first time in a long time, I suddenly felt like a stranger in a strange land. Continue reading “Asian Americana: James Taylor Live”

Not for the Faint of Heart: A Reading List on International Adoption

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I’ve developed a reading list over the past few weeks focusing on various aspects of international adoption. I admit, I haven’t read everything on this list but have bookmarked many of these so I can return to them during my upcoming vacation. Here’s what I’ve compiled so far: Continue reading “Not for the Faint of Heart: A Reading List on International Adoption”

Advice from an Adoptee to First-time Soon-to-be Adoptive Parents

Two years ago my friend Gabriel (not her real name so as to protect her privacy) reached out to me, wanting to talk about adoption. Gabriel is an accomplished, single woman in her early 40s who, like many girls and young women, always thought she’d one day marry and have a family of her own. Except it didn’t quite happen the way she was led to believe it would. Continue reading “Advice from an Adoptee to First-time Soon-to-be Adoptive Parents”