Join Network of Politicized Adoptees (NPA) for a co-facilitated discussion with Kim Park Nelson on Fri, April 7, 2017. This conversation will explore our immigrant identities as Korean and Asian adoptees living in Minnesota. We hope that the conversation will provide new ways of framing our immigrant experiences, connect people within our community who’ve had a similar experiences, and empower our community to mobilize and get involved. We want folks to walk away with a clear connection between immigration history and adoption history.
These are all questions we’re hoping to explore:
- Have you ever thought of yourself as an immigrant?
- How do you define your immigrant identity in this time of increased hostility towards immigrants?
- What’s on your mind? What’s bothering you?
- How do we as Korean and Asian adoptees see ourselves as immigrants and part of the broader conversation around immigration?
- How has the adoption system and policies affected how we see our immigrant identities?
***This event is for those that identify as a Korean adoptee or Asian adoptee only. We ask that you respect our decision to center Asian adoptees for this initial conversation. We plan to gauge interest for a broader conversation but want this first discussion to be an intentional safe space for adoptees themselves.
Date/Time: Friday, April 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm (dinner will be provided)
Location: People’s Movement Center (763 E 41st St, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Parking: Street-parking only
Registration: RSVP via FB event page or by emailing npadopteesmn[at]gmail.com
Cost: This event is FREE due to a generous grant from the Coalition of Asian American Leaders’ (CAAL) Community Voices Fund.
We hope you can join us!
About NPA: NPA is comprised of Korean adoptees representing a variety of professional backgrounds working in Minneapolis/St. Paul. NPA’s mission is to strengthen, cultivate, and improve the lives of Korean adoptees by supporting critical discourse. Through solution-focused action, we promote adoptee justice by telling our own stories and collectively working towards systemic change within adoption. NPA's vision is that all adoptees feel empowered & have access to history, knowledge, fair policy, records, and positive health & relationships.
About Kim Park Nelson: An educator and researcher whose work uses adoption as a lens to understand race and culture, Kim Park Nelson is an associate professor in the American Multicultural Studies program at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Park Nelson is also the author of Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences and Racial Exceptionalism (Rutgers University Press, Spring 2016). Her work has appeared in multiple anthologies and scholarly journals.