Adoption in The New York Times
November 07, 2007
Speaking of National Adoption Awareness Month, one of the New York Times' Opinion blogs is currently devoted to "Relative Choices: Adoption and the American Family." With two finely written entries so far, this promising series features perspectives from adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. One of the upcoming writers is Tama Janowitz. Remember her from the Slaves of New York days?
From Katy Robinson's "Tracing My Roots Back to Korea," the blog's November 6th post:
Returning to Korea for the first time since my adoption was a defining moment in my life. It took 20 years to muster the courage to confront the most basic of questions: Who am I? Where did I come from?
These were questions that I did not allow myself to ask while growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah. To broach these topics, it appeared to me, was to point out that I was different from everyone else in my family. I was afraid to seem ungrateful for the amazing new life I had been given, or to hurt my adoptive mother’s feelings by mentioning the mother who gave me birth. It wasn’t as if I was forbidden to talk about my Korean family; it just seemed disloyal.
Yes, a fascinating series. Isn't it terrific that we all are hearing perspectives like Katy Robinson's? And natural that an adoptee would hold these feelings.
I know as an adoptive mom I need to hear adult adoptees speak this way, to remind me of the feelings my child might leave unspoken.
Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Rose Kent | November 08, 2007 at 05:30 AM
Back in July, NPR ran an interesting, 4-part series of conversations on adoption. Also, in response to the series, there is a touching letter on NPR from a listener who writes about watching her daughter grow via My Space.
Posted by: NT | November 08, 2007 at 11:56 PM
Thanks, NT. I looked up the series, and here's the URL for those who might be interested:
Posted by: Susan T. | November 09, 2007 at 11:18 AM
Thanks for posting this and giving us the links. This series is really touching.
Posted by: cloudscome | November 12, 2007 at 02:26 PM