Archived Stories

Over 20 years of individual intercountry & transracial adoptee’s experiences, views, thoughts shared here, in their own words, listed in alphabetical order with birth country of adoptee in brackets:

A Thai Adoption Story
A Questionable Indian Adoption
Abandoned by All (Ethiopia)
Abduction, Adoption & Abuse (India)
Abuse in Adoptive Families
Adoptee Body Keeps Score (Malaysia)
Adoptee Experience of Transracial Adoption (Vietnam)
Adoption is Complicated (Colombia)
Analee’s Speech for Adoptive Parents (Vietnam)
An Iranian Intercountry Adoption
Art from the Heart (South Korea)

Brokenness in Adoption (China)
But He’s Not Your Father (Iran)

Cath Turner Finds her Birth Mother (Vietnam), Returning for 3 Months & Cath Turner Shares in her BOLD talk and Documentary
Celebrating Secrets & Sadness (Malaysia)
Chasna’s Story (India)

Daniel’s Thoughts (Lebanon)
Dario’s Thoughts (Colombia)
Daughter of Danang Finds her Family (Vietnam)
Dear Adoptive Parents (Vietnam)
Dear Belonging (China)
Dear Family (Vietnam)
De-twinned by Intercountry Adoption (Vietnam)
Divided by Two Cultures (China)
Divorce and the Transracial Adoption Fear (Vietnam)
Do your Eyes Light Up when I Walk into the Room (Vietnam)

Ellie’s Search for Korean Family
Emma’s Poem (Vietnam)
Expectations of Gratitude in Adoption (Vietnam)

Faith’s Experience of Racism (Vietnam) & Faith’s Hurts
First Impressions (South Korea)

Grieving Mother (China)

Having a Hindi Wedding (India)
Hollee McGinnis on Identity (South Korea)

I Did it for You: The Paradox of Adoption (South Korea)
I May Not Remember, but I’ll Never Forget (Vietnam)
Identity, Home & Family & Stories about Home (South Korea)
Identity Lost & Found (Colombia)
Ilan’s Poem (Taiwan)
In My Own Words (Hong Kong)
Indigo’s Poem Same Eyes, Different View, From Dust to Desert & Return During Tet (Vietnam)

Jamie’s Poems & Jamie’s Return to Vietnam
Jen’s Return to Sancta Maria (Vietnam)
Joey’s Journey as a Male Chinese Intercountry Adoptee

Kim’s Vietnamese Australian Life & From His Adoptive Father
Kripa Shares with Adoptive Parents (India)

Lal Shah’s Story: My Own Personal Holocaust, Free as a Bird (Pakistan/Scotland) & his Adoptive Mother’s Story
Leave Room (Russia)
Life After Reunion in the Philippines
Lifelong Impacts of Cross Cultural Adoption (Vietnam)
Lynelle’s Thoughts after Insight (Vietnam)

Madhu’s Story (India)
Moving Forward from Yesteryear’s Intercountry Adoption Processes (Philippines)
My Journey into Same Race Family (India)
My Journey to Freedom (Vietnam)
My Mother (Vietnam)
My Story Changes with Time (South Korea)

Negative Externalities of Intercountry Adoption (South Korea)
No Mother No Child & Update (Colombia)
Not Good Enough (South Korea)
Not My Adopted Child (Malaysia)

One Child Policy Impacts (China)
Overcoming Bullying (China)

Perils of a Foreign Born Adoptee (Spain)

Re-Imagining (the) Work in/of Literature (Vietnam)
Return to Birthland (Vietnam)
Return to the Unknown (Vietnam)

Saran’s Speech (Vietnam)
Sarnia Thi Mai’s Poetry (Vietnam)
Secrets and Lies (Vietnam)
Stolen and Adopted to Belgium (Guatemala)
Stop Sending Babies Abroad (South Korea)
SueYen’s Speech at the First Gathering of Adult Intercountry Adoptees in WA

Telling my mother (Greece)
The Face in the Mirror (South Korea)
The Girl on the Plane (South Korea)
The Importance of Pre & Post Adoption Support
The Importance of Racial Mirrors
The Janus Tree (South Korea)
The Least Expected Becomes the Unexpected (Philippines)
The Rights of the Child (UK)
The Torment of War (Vietnam)
Thoughts for Adoptive Parents from Lynelle & Adoptive Parent Julia Rollings

Understanding Adoption and Birth Country (Colombia)
Understanding My Adoption in (K)new Ways (China)
Unravelling the Mystery (India)

What is it like to be Adopted (Vietnam)
When it’s time to go home (Greece)
When Pain and Loss is Too Much (India)
Who am I now? (Chile)
Who’s Selling the Banana’s (Vietnam)
Why? (South Korea)

Yes, we love this country (South Korea)
You can always tell a German, but you can’t tell ’em much! (Germany)

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