How Meeting the Jeons Has Changed My Life

There are distinct moments in life that help to shape and define who you are. Many times, you do not even realize how these milestones affect you as a person until months or years later. For me, one such moment was meeting Whitney’s birth family. When we began the initial planning stages of our 2014 […]

Madonna Granted Permission To Adopt Twins From Malawi

Malawi’s High Court on Tuesday granted Madonna permission to adopt twins from the Southern African country, a judiciary spokesman said. The U.S. singer has previously adopted two children from Malawi, stirring anger among some Malawians who accused the government of allowing her to skirt laws that ban non-residents from adopting. MATT WINKELMEYER VIA GETTY IMAGESMadonna […]

Omoni

February 3, 2015 Omoni, Today is your birthday. I’ll admit I was expecting to have met you by now. But I understand. It’s strange to know that you are real. For so long, and even so now, you remain a figment of my imagination. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that you are not just an […]

The Search for a Past

Jenna Cook’s mother tells this story: Jenna is maybe three years old, strapped into her car seat in the back of the family’s Honda Civic, and she says, “I miss my mother.” From the front seat, Peggy Cook replies, “I am your mother,” and Jenna says, “No, I mean my Chinese mother.” Jenna Cook recalls, “At a […]

NBC Asian America and ISAtv to Present First Feature Film in San Diego

A new documentary presented by NBC Asian America, and in production with International Secret Agents (ISAtv), will make its debut at the 17th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 6, 2016. “AKA SEOUL” is a follow up to the documentary series “AKA DAN,” which chronicled the 2013 journey of alternative rapper and Korean adoptee […]

Nohl fellows explore their transracial adoption stories through art

Growing up, Brooke Thiele spurned her mother’s attempts to connect her with Korean culture, like cooking bulgogi beef or buying her a traditional Hanbok dress. She just wanted to fit in. Thiele’s doll had black hair, but she wanted the same Raggedy Ann doll with red locks that everyone else had. She was the only person of […]