Pact Camp

Webinar: Asian Adoptee Voices

Start time/date: Apr  22, 2020 8:00 AM
End time/date: Apr  22, 2020 5:00 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration


Asian Adoptee Voices  

Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often in the child welfare field, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. The voices of Asian adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured. They will address issues such as being the ‘model’ minority, gendered narratives about female adoptees value in Asian cultures, exotified identities for Asian women and invisible masculinity for Asian men. Culture-specific approaches to adoption and search (both transnational and domestic) will also be addressed.


Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the common experiences of Asian adoptees as they navigate their experiences around both race and adoption.
  2. Prepare themselves to answer common questions and concerns that are likely to come up for the Asian adopted youth in their family and/or community.
  3. Give examples of privilege and how it applies in the context of the adoption of Asian children.
  4. Identify stereotypes, cultural appropriation and microaggressions as applied to Asian adoptees.
  5. Create an action plan for supporting Asian adoptees.


Instructor: Susan Ito

Experience: Susan Ito is a biracial Asian adoptee, teacher, and writer. She has served as the beloved director of Pact Camp from 2004 to 2011 and is now Head of Pact’s Adult Adoptee Advisory Board, a voting board member of Pact, and works with the Adoption Museum Project. Her book A Ghost At Heart’s Edge is one of the few literary anthologies focused on all members of the adoption triad and she has recently published an excerpt of her adoption memoir, The Mouse Room. Susan’s solo performance piece on adoption, “The Ice Cream Gene,” has been performed nationally. She lives in Oakland with her husband and mother; and has two young adult daughters. She teaches and writes at Mills College and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Pricing Description:

$36 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 25% discount.

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