Minneapolis – Here I Come!
I had such an amazing time at the KAAN (Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network) conference last year. While I was there, I started brainstorming session ideas with Grace and Shaaren, my fellow adoptee presenters of “The Global Diaspora” session.
Spending the weekend talking to Grace, there was a common theme that emerged in our adoptions and many of the adoption stories that were being shared: religion. When we got home, we put together a proposal for a session that would present a historical timeline of religion and adoption, examine how religion plays a role in adopting and raising children, and finally discuss how faith plays a role in the lives of adult adoptees.
With Shaaren, we discussed some of the obstacles we faced growing up as brown skinned girls. For our proposal we outlined a possible session that would facilitate a discussion about body expectations for women of color and how our bodies are viewed in the media. We also wanted to equip participants with ways to combat negative stereotypes about women of color.
Both of the proposals were accepted and are tentatively titled “For God’s Sake: the Role of Religion in International Adoption” and “Body Betrayal.”
The KAAN 2018 Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota June 29th-July 1st. If you are in the Minneapolis area, please consider joining us.