We are excited to introduce ourselves to you and the rest of our community. Network of Politicized Adoptees (NPA) has been quietly meeting for several years in the backdrop of much significant movement in the adoptee community. During that time, we focused on who we were, who we want to become, why we value ourselves, and how we can contribute to our community. Our process of politicization was both intentional and organic—through the exploration of established resources, reading about Korea’s divided and complicated history, building a larger self-understanding of Korean diasporic issues, and sharing our most personal stories with each other. As our identity and purpose became more clear, we decided it was time to share ourselves with you in hopes that we can be a more public part of the larger adoptee rights movement. We also believe we have things to contribute, including resources, ideas, alerts, and all around collective, movement-oriented energy. We as adoptees have created our own unique place in this world through our identities that live in the margins, and strengths created from our beginnings. We also have struggled as a community, forging our own paths of adoptee culture and identity, while navigating loss, racism, and invisibility. It is our hope that we can center the rights of ourselves as adoptees, resist the power of those who want to tell our stories for us, and move toward a retelling of our own narratives together.
Our website is still a work in progress, but we will continue working on making it a valuable resource. We welcome your constructive input, corrections, and suggestions. Please also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you for finding us, and Happy 2017!
Co-chair of NPA