For Black Girls Like Me: A Conversation with Mariama Lockington

When I first stumbled upon Mariama Lockington's personal essay, "What a Black Woman Wishes Her Adoptive White Parents Knew," I felt an instant connection with her. I remember reading the essay, nodding at all the things that I could relate to as a transracial adoptee. "Yes," I murmured under my breath, "This is so good." … Continue reading For Black Girls Like Me: A Conversation with Mariama Lockington

Christianity and International Adoption

Last week I flew to Minneapolis to present at my second KAAN (Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network) Conference. Leading up to the conference, I had been preparing presentations with Shaaren Pine and Grace Newton. In my first presentation, "Body Betrayal" with Shaaren, we talked about our bodies and growing up with brown skin in … Continue reading Christianity and International Adoption

Three Reasons Why You Should Read Eric Smith’s The Girl and the Grove

Growing up, I watched Free Willy a million times. My siblings and I memorized some of the lines and danced to the Michael Jackson soundtrack. One of the things I vividly remember is the scene when 12 year old Jesse throws a baseball through his foster parents' window. I immediately connected to Jesse's character. Being … Continue reading Three Reasons Why You Should Read Eric Smith’s The Girl and the Grove

You Have His Eyes: A Conversation with Christopher Wilson

You Have His Eyes is a gripping documentary from filmmaker Christopher Wilson. In the film, Chris, a transracial adoptee, documents his search for his father. Chris has already found and met his birth mother, but he is curious about his father's identity and whereabouts. When he begins his search, all Chris has is a grainy passport … Continue reading You Have His Eyes: A Conversation with Christopher Wilson