During the 7 years I was in my orphanage in Shanghai, I remember this one boy who was my mentor/big brother. We hung out a lot, and I remember just admiring him a lot. He was also one of the only male figures in my life during my orphanage years. His name was Chen Yijie. Please help me find my friend.
When I question how I could have both been helped and hurt by white privilege, it is the same type of reflection that I must conduct when I think about the ways in which I have both gained and lost so much through my adoption. The ability to not think in simple polarities has shaped and defined my maturation and has been a liberating discovery.
Unlike the five people you meet in heaven, the nine people you meet on a cruise are people you don’t want to meet. A couple of months ago, I went […]
Every Year On Your Birthday Authors: Rose Lewis, Jane Dyer (Illustrator) Ranking: ★★★★☆ Plot Summary: This is the sequel to I Love You Like Crazy Cakes and is a beautiful narrative […]
Around the U.S., people have been outraged by the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their families when detained at the southern border. Our nation’s collective heart broke when […]
While scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook today, I saw a post by Second Chance Adoptions shared in a group of which I am a member. The post was advertising […]
This is a pendant that was gifted to me by a Korean adoptee friend right before I embarked on my four month journey back to my hometown, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. […]
Originally published in Gazillion Voices Magazine, 2014: Home. It’s a word that brings a smile to many and is supposed to offer a sense of warmth and comfort. But identifying […]
Lesson #5 – 3/5/2015 There are no secrets on study abroad. A few nights ago, some girls and I went to a local noodle place for dinner. While waiting for […]
Flight CA1503 Pek-Nkg – 2/27/2015 Unlike my last flight, I was not in business/first class, but that’s fine. I’m used to economy class. This short flight was particularly memorable for […]