I’ve long been interested in the intersection and interplay of ethnicity, gender, class & culture especially as it relates to adopted Asian children and the diversity of the Asian American experience across generations. Growing up, my sisters and I were referred to as “banana kids” (yellow on the outside, white on the outside) because we were born in America. Black friends said their version was “Oreo.” Funny how food always finds its edible way into our lives, sometimes where you least expect!
I enjoyed teaching a cultural cooking classÂ and speaking about Asian American “girl empowerment” and leadership with Families with Children from China and Hand in Hand (wonderful Atlanta organizations). There are several good resources and books out there. Here are a few I have:
- The Lucky Ones, Our Stories of Adopting Children from China, edited by Ann Rauhala
- Yell-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity and Growing Up Asian American, edited by Vickie Nam
- A Passage to the Heart: Writings from Families with Children from China, edited by Amy Klatzin
I’d love to hear your experience and stories. Email or share on Facebook!