August 3, 2013 – Transracial Adoptees: Commonalities Across Countries
10:30 – 11:45 am, 2013 KAAN Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
As the authors of the book “Parenting as Adoptees” have shown, adult transracial international adoptees from different countries have a huge amount in common. Adoptees from South Korea, Vietnam, India, and Colombia, all of whom were part of “Parenting as Adoptees,” will lead a wide-ranging, adult adoptees-only, discussion.
Mark Hagland, Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, JaeRan Kim, Susan Branco Alvarado, Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter
August 4, 2013 – Seeking Asian America: Finding Culture in Contemporary Literature
8:30-9:45 am – 2013 KAAN Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
Asian American authors provide windows to the social history that has shaped the perceptions of a “model minority” and the pervasive stereotypes and racist attitudes that are part of today’s American experience. This discussion group will use themes presented in books by popular authors as pathways to understanding Asian American culture today.