Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy 10th Anniversary, Outsiders Within!

November is National Adoption Month. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the book, Outsiders Within by Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin.  In the time since, everyone's gone in some fascinating directions. It would be great to see folks chime in about their latest updates.

For those just joining us:
In 30 personal essays, research-based studies, poems and accompanying artwork, transracial adoptees "challenge the privileging of rational, 'expert' knowledge that excludes so many adoptee voices." Conceived by the editors as "corrective action," the collection offers an eye-opening perspective on both the "the power differences between white people and people of color, the rich and the poor, the more or less empowered in adoption circles" and the sense of loss and limbo that individual adoptees may feel while "living in the borderlands of racial, national, and cultural identities." This provocative, disturbing collection reveals the sociological links between African-American children placed in foster care and El Salvador's "niño desaparecidos (disappeared children), between Christian missions and "the adoption industry," between a transracial adoptee born in Vietnam and raised in Australia and one born in Korea and raised in the U.S. "We must work," the editors urge, "to create and sustain a world in which low-income women of color do not have to send away their children so that the family that remains can survive." Anyone contemplating transracial adoption will find provocative ideas, even as they may quarrel with generalizations that don't fit their own lives.

South End Press ceased publication in 2014 after 37 years.a non-profit book publisher run on a model of participatory economics.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Conversations on transracial adoption healing

I've started a new blog focused on what healing is or can be for transracial adoptees and our community, please come visit and comment/make a contribution:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Hopefully Outsiders Within contributors and editors will share some of the exciting updates they've had since the release of Outsiders Within in 2006. Next year will mark 5 years since it was first published by South End Press and we've definitely seen a lot of TRA issues come forward in the news. The dialogue continues!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cette nuit imposée

Cette nuit imposée

(de la chanson originale "La nuit est levée" de Téléphone)
2010, Montreal

Cette nuit imposée

Souvenir étranger

Que je vis et non rêvé

Ce matin me rappelais

du bébé enlevé

Plein d'anxiété

Si mon coeur se soulève

Qu'il doive s'en aller


Comme la vie avançait

En moi je doutais

Si endormie, je me lève

J'ai tout refoulé

Quand cette nuit allongée

J'ai réalisé

Que ce n'était pas une trêve

Que ma réalité

Vous êtes ici pour croire

Rien d'autre à vouloir croire.

Croire que l'on sauve ce soir

Pour qui veut savoir

Mensonge levé

Sur mon délaissé.

Qu'ai-je donc éviter ?

Qui m'est enlevé

Oui, mensonge arrangé

Tout est décoloré

Ai-je donc pardonner ?

Que la nuit m'a soufflée

Et ils ne veulent pas y croire

Que nous autres à vouloir

Croire qu'une vie sans pourboire

Et qu'elle déjà en vaut

Déjà l'taux

Mais bien trop haut

À toi de voir

À toi de croire

Ces vies détournées

Sur cette belle réalité

La vie n'est qu'une soirée

Et la nuit qu'une mort

Sans vie détournée

Que si la vie a tort

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Follow-up to Outsiders Within?

As we approach 4 years later since the release of Outsiders Within, how might we consider the state of the TRA community? Is a follow-up volume in order or have we exhausted all there is to say on the matter for now?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Exposition de groupe : L'art se donne des LLL (Namru, Belgique)

L'art se donne des LLL
avec Melissa Dae Sook Kim, AUde Lespignard, Kims, Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Book Release: Friday August 10

Real fast: Bryan Thao Worra's book release party for On The Other Side Of The Eye is Friday. 7PM at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. For more information: Thanks! And we look forward to seeing you!