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The Language of Love - and Chinese Adoption [Book]


It broke my heart to see her. She had cried her way through the entire adoption trip. She had cried her way through the flights home, stopping only when she had exhausted herself enough to fall into fitful sleep. Now, a couple days after arriving home, the family had called me, their adoption caseworker, to their house on an emergency basis because she. was. still. crying.

Maybe after 15 days of crying she was just exhausted enough that she could no longer keep it up at the intensity it had been. Maybe she was beginning to accept her parents and her new life. Or maybe, just maybe, it was the absolute shock of having the tall blonde woman speaking to her in Chinese!

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We Call It “Ladybug Love”


I love being an adoptive mom. I love being adopted. And I really loved teaming up with adoption pro Kat LaMons to write our first book together: Ladybug Love: 100 Chinese Adoption Match Day Stories.


The book is a real-life peek into the Match Day experiences of 100 U.S. families (and a few adoption insiders) who braved the challenges of international adoption – crushing paperwork, dueling bureaucracies and seemingly endless waiting – and reaped the rewards of faith and persistence. Each story is different, but the payoff is the same: a snapshot of that life-altering moment when parents see their child for the very first time.

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When One Thing Leads to Another: From Adoption to Publication

By Karen Henry Clark, author of Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale


When the nanny handed our daughter to us on a summer day in China, I remained calm. The journey was finally finished. Little did I know it was just beginning.
I smiled brightly until my husband handed me the orphanage report and my eyes froze on these words: "Baby found forsaking on steps of leather factory." Tears rolled down my face as I realized this tiny girl in his lap would always live with a mystery. While I'd known this, I'd never felt its truth. She would carry unreachable memories locked forever in her mind, her bones, her heart.
So I began to dream of a history for her—something beyond the confines of that basket balanced on a step.
She was eleven months old and....

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Shifting Balance Sheets: Women's Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment

Universal Table/Wising Up Press announces the publication of its Wising Up Anthology SHIFTING BALANCE SHEETS: WOMEN'S STORIES OF NATURALIZED CITIZENSHIP & CULTURAL ATTACHMENT. Part of its Naturalized Citizenship Project, this book is designed through its structure, content and discussion questions to serve as a catalyst for open, constructive conversations between native-born and foreign-born Americans.



In this anthology, thirty-four women and girls from twenty countries, now living all across the U.S., reflect on their journeys to naturalized U.S. citizenship - journeys that invite all of us, native and foreign born, to consider what it means to choose to be an American.

In Chinese Daughters: All-American Girls, American mothers whose Chinese daughters have become naturalized citizens through adoption, and these insightful teenagers themselves, ponder how their experiences of cross-national adoption with a unique gender imperative influences their sense of personal, cultural, national and global identity.

In Natural Women: Naturalized Citizens, women from Australia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, England, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Taiwan and Zambia describe their unique journeys to naturalized citizenship as adults - wondering what womanhood, family, love, cultural identification, intellectual curiosity, professional ambition, material need, war, revolution or chance have to do with it. Their stories invite us all to think more generously and intentionally about the invitations and expectations inherent in citizenship - and our shared responsibility to shape, nurture, and celebrate the constantly changing We in We, the People.

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The mission of Universal Table/Wising Up Press is to foster an appreciation of difference and pluralism. Our major activity is developing creative anthologies, using the works of contemporary writers, to explore various topics of general social concern, especially ones where there is a need for more thoughtful and less divisive conversation. Our publications have looked at appreciation of religious difference, communication in medicine, and pluralism in families. Our current focus is citizenship. We are particularly interested in the use of art, especially story, to create a safer context in which to encounter difference. As we say in our description of our press, "Stories teach us, in the very listening, in the very act of identifying with the storyteller, or the characters, that the existence of other points of view is a richness not a danger. . . .We want our publications to serve as an invitation to stand in that richer relation - empathic, musing, open to new meaning - with ourselves and with our neighbors."


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Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be

Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be

By Robert L. Ballard (Editor)

ISBN: 0972624449

Review by: Nathan DeWitt


Pieces of Me is a book of collected stories, poems, and art created by adoptees from all walks of life.  Within the book, the life of an adoptee is compared to a jigsaw puzzle. After reading this book, I am enlightened to the challenges that adoptees encounter throughout life.  Pieces of Me discusses a variety of subjects other than just adoption, including; racism, foster care, abandonment, and gender identity.  The emotions and thoughts expressed in the stories and art, are honest, open, and from the heart.  I found it difficult to put this book down once I started reading it.  Pieces of Me is now an important asset to my library and will be a valuable reference when my kids start asking questions about who they are.  I highly recommend Pieces of Me to all who are involved within the adoption community.

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