February 28, 2014 - 12:09 pm
On Music+Ideas this week we explore some of the complexity and challenges of adoption across ethnic lines. This series was produced for KBCS by Yuko Kodama.
Day 1 – When children are one race and their parents are another, racial literacy is important. Transracial adoptions are intended for good but sometimes the adoptee experiences a different outcome. Nari Baker and Christina Seong speak of the racial challenges and obstacles they’ve faced as transracial adoptees.
Day 2 – Approximately 200,000 Korean children have been adopted to families in North America, Europe and Scandinavia since the Korean war. Out of a need for community among them, they’ve advocated for resources to connect with each other and with Korea. Nari Baker and Christina Seong take you through some of the resources that have helped this global community.
Day 3 – For many adoptees, the wish to connect with where you come from is a deeply personal and emotional topic. For adoptees from another country, the issues can become more complex. Korean Adoptees, Nari Baker and Christina Seong share their experiences in grappling with this.
Day 4 - Two transracial adoptees tell two very different stories of heartbreak and loss on a journey to find their birth mother. Adoptee, Nari Baker makes two trips to Korea to connect with her biological mom. While adoptee, Christina Seong struggles with losing the mom who raised her and meeting the woman who gave her life.
Day 5 – There are many sides to the story of transracial adoption. What is often seen as a positive has negatives you sometimes can’t see. Transracial adoptees, Nari Baker and Christina Seong suggest looking at adoption from a different perspective.
More information about Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington is online at http://www.aaawashington.org/. And more information about International Korean Adoptees Associations is online at http://ikaa.org/.
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