Two Thumbs Up For "Adopted"

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  1. LJ Taylor says:

    I have a good friend, of Korean ethnicity, who was adopted by Caucasian parents. Out of curiosity one day, I asked him if he ever faced any difficulties because of this, and he said it was never an issue with him. He spoke without hesitation of how much he loved his parents and was happy to have grown up in a nice boring suburb. He stated that it was Asian kids who gave him the most grief by trying to convince him that he was not really "Korean", because he didn't grow up in that specific culture.

    He's a great guy and a father of two awesome kids. I'd hate to think what the outcome would have been, had he not been raised in a loving home.

    Thanks for the info on the documentary. I know many people who have adopted and I'll pass it along…

  2. Paula O. says:

    Earlier this week I had the honor to watch the movie and participate in a post-film discussion with the filmaker Barb Lee and Nancy Kim Parsons (co-producer) along with a group of fellow adult adoptees. Many of the same observations that you noted came up in our discussion and even though I had seen it before, it was interesting for me to see how certain parts of the movie evoked a heightened or lessened reaction from me this time – which to me speaks to how the journey related to one's adoption constantly remains a fluid one and not ever easily defined.

    It's also very fascinating for me to know that there can be such antithetical interpretations for what I believe is a very straight forward point-on message – I'm referring to the scene where the adoptive parents see and receive their daughter. To me, it is like watching a death unfold and yet for others, I know it is like witnessing a birth.

  3. Doug says:

    As the father of a little boy adopted from China, I know that my wife and I face certain challenges related to his birth place. Some people have questioned his memory of his life in China, but we believe that even when we adopted him at 2 years of age, he retains these memories. We wonder what he will feel in 10 years about his adoption. We we feel abandoned by his birth parents? Will he become angry at us for the adoption? Fortunately, we live in a county in which there are many opportunities to see and interact with people who "look like him" (my son's words, not mine). He also has two slightly older sisters that he loves to play with (ie. tease). All of this really has nothing to do with the documentary. But, maybe I will see it. Thanks for letting me post.

  4. Jdog says:

    (I'm not an adoptive parent; I got my kids the lazy way.) While I agree with my adoptive parent friends that there's nothing particularly heroic about raising an adopted kid, it seems from this remove that there's something at least a little about signing up for the almost endless paperwork and red tape (and, alas, potential heartbreak) between the decision to become a parent and the, err, delivery.