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AKA x AAWW - In Celebration of A Living Remedy

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Open to the public

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May 9, 2024 7:00 PM
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Asian American Writers’ Workshop (112 W 27th Street, Suite 600 New York, NY 10001)

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Also-Known-As and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop are thrilled to welcome back Nicole Chung, in conversation with Crystal Hana Kim, to celebrate the paperback release of her critically acclaimed memoir A Living Remedy

From the bestselling author of All You Can Ever Know comes a searing memoir of family, class, and grief—a daughter’s search to understand the lives her adoptive parents led, the life she forged as an adult, and the lives she’s lost. Exploring the enduring strength of family bonds in the face of hardship and tragedy, Nicole Chung examines what it takes to reconcile the distance between one life, one home, and another—and sheds needed light on some of the most persistent and grievous inequalities in American society.

Books will be available for purchase from our friends at Yu & Me Books. 

This in-person event will also be live-streamed for folks who are outside of the NYC area. RSVPs are required for all attendees, and masks are required for all in-person attendees. 

RSVP Here or using the button above: https://forms.gle/aT9xVzP6mFwY68uH9 [60 in-person max capacity]

Praise for A Living Remedy

A Living Remedy is a profoundly moving account of one daughter’s love for her white adoptive parents and a damning indictment of the healthcare system that failed them. Nicole Chung writes with nuance and empathy about what it means to be ill and economically insecure in America today. She transforms her rage and anguish into luminous prose on the page, and the result is one of the most devastating portraits of a daughter’s grief I have ever read.” —Julie Otsuka, author of The Swimmers

“Like the best memoirs, Nicole Chung’s A Living Remedy is both an excavation of the self and the people who sustain it—but also, at its core, a work of art undergirded by a tender, forgiving, and awe-filled gaze at what it means to live and hurt in the human world. The result is a bone-deep enactment of love in all its valences.” —Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

AKA Event - Adoptees in the Era of Identity Politics by Dr. LiLi Johnson

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Adoptee-only

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February 29, 2024 7:00 PM
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Virtual (Zoom)

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Also-Known-As is thrilled to welcome back Dr. LiLi Johnson!

Where does “adoptee” fit in the politics of identity? And how have contemporary “identity politics” shaped how adoptees understand their own relationship to intersectional issues like racism, oppression, and privilege? This adoptee-only discussion will explore these questions and more. Together, we will situate the positionality of Asian adoptees within the historical and cultural contexts of identity politics and solidarity building.

Lili Johnson. Ph.D. is a Chinese adoptee and an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her research focuses on Asian American family and kinship, racial formation and multiculturalism, and visual culture. Her book project titled Technologies of Kinship: Asian American Racial Formation and the Making of Family analyzes the role of different technologies, like photography and government bureaucracy, in Asian American family formation from the twentieth century to the present. She was previously an assistant professor of Asian American Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.

AKA Cultural Food Crawl

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Anyone!

When

February 24, 2024 12:00 PM
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2:00 pm

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Market 57 at Pier 57 (25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011)

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Pay your way.

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🥘 One of the best ways to learn about, or reconnect with, a culture is through its cuisine. Join us on Saturday, February 24th, from 12pm-2pm as we explore Pier57’s Global Food Market which covers food from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Mexico, Italy, and more. In honor of Lunar New Year, we will be handing out mooncakes 🥮 and small treats (on a first come, first serve basis). Let’s travel the world and bridge cultural gaps one bite at a time. 🌎

Graphic design by: Angela Antonio

AKA Forum - Mental Health Check-In & Therapy 101

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Adoptees only, please

When

January 24, 2024 6:00 PM
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8:00 pm

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Prime Produce Apprentice Cooperative, 424 W 54th St, New York, NY (limited in-person spots)

For virtual attendance: Zoom link provided upon registration

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Free

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It’s okay to not be okay. Let’s start the year off by making mental health a priority. In this educational forum event, several adoptee mental health professionals will share their advice for checking in with yourself, seeking out support through therapy and community, and overcoming some of the most common obstacles to finding an adoptee-sensitive therapist—then getting the most out of the counseling experience.

Together with experts Tate Benson, LMSW; Jessica Kim Gruber, LMFT; and Cam Lee Small, MS LPCC, we’ll create a safe space to recognize and validate challenging emotions specific to adoptees and discuss healthy ways to move forward.

AKA January Happy Hour

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January 11, 2024 6:00 PM
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8:00 pm

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As we wrap up 2023, mark your calendars for our first event in 2024. Also-Known-As is kicking off the new year with a Happy Hour!

AKA Annual Holiday Party

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December 8, 2023 6:00 PM
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9:00 pm

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Free for members | $45 for non-members (see below)

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Join us for a night of gathering, delicious food, raffles and karaoke as we raise a glass to 2023. Come one, come all! Everyone is welcome. Whether it's your first holiday party or your 28th, we're excited to get in the festive spirit with you.

📍 Where: Karaoke City (22 W 32nd Street. 7th Floor. New York, NY 10001)

🔔 Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

🥘 Food Catered by Bulbap Grill.

🎤 Two private karaoke rooms.

🎟️ RSVP: Required to help us plan effectively! Click here or use the button above!

Cost: Free for members | $45 for non-members

          Payment options include: Paypal or Venmo (@also-known-as)

          Not a member yet? Join us.

🎶 Let’s ring (and sing) in the new year. You’re not going to want to miss this one!

When We Become Ours Reading & Discussion

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November 29, 2023 7:00 PM
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Join Also-Known-As and the Asian American Writers' Workshop in person to celebrate When We Become Ours: A YA Adoptee Anthology, edited by Nicole Chung and Shannon Gibney. 

The first of its kind, When We Become Ours is a powerful and poignant story collection written by and for adoptees in a variety of styles and genres. Our celebration will feature a reading plus thoughtful discussion with contributors Rebecca Carroll, Lisa Nopachai, Matthew Salesses, and Eric Smith, moderated by Lily Philpott.

This in-person event will also be live-streamed for folks who are outside of the NYC area. RSVPs are required for all attendees and there is an in-person limit of 50 max. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL IN-PERSON ATTENDEES.

This event is graciously sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Books will be available for purchase and signing, thanks to Yu and Me Books.

About When We Become Ours

“An emotion-filled collection.” —Kirkus Reviews

Two teens take the stage and find their voice . . .

A girl learns about her heritage and begins to find her community . . .

A sister is haunted by the ghosts of loved ones lost . . .

There is no universal adoption experience, and no two adoptees have the same story. This anthology for teens edited by Shannon Gibney and Nicole Chung contains a wide range of powerful, poignant, and evocative stories in a variety of genres.

These tales from fifteen bestselling, acclaimed, and emerging adoptee authors genuinely and authentically reflect the complexity, breadth, and depth of adoptee experiences. This groundbreaking collection centers what it's like growing up as an adoptee. These are stories by adoptees, for adoptees, reclaiming their own narratives.

With stories by: Kelley Baker, Nicole Chung, Shannon Gibney., Mark Oshiro, MeMe Collier, Susan Harness, Meredith Ireland, Mariama J. Lockington, Lisa Nopachai, Stefany Valentine, Matthew Salesses, Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom, Eric Smith, Jenny Heijun Wills, and Sun Yung Shin. Foreword by Rebecca Carroll and afterword by JaeRan Kim, MSW, PhD.

AKA Family Portrait and Potluck

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November 18, 2023 1:30 PM
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4:00 pm

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🍂 During this season of togetherness and gratitude, we invite our Also-Known-As family to gather for a shared homemade meal, plus professional group portraits of chosen family. 🍗

Bring your favorite dish and anyone part of your “family” unit (biological, adoptive, chosen or anything in-between!), or join us solo to make new connections. 📸

We will also be illustrating bags for @HeartofDinner, a local NYC non-profit whose mission is to directly address food insecurity and isolation experienced by Asian American seniors. Learn more at heartofdinner.org📸

AKA Autumn Hike

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November 11, 2023 11:00 AM
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3:00 pm

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Washburn Trail on Bull Hill Parking Lot (3011 NY-9D, Cold Spring, NY 10516)

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🍂The air is getting crisp and leaves are getting crunchy. Join us on Saturday, November 11th as we venture up to Cold Spring, NY for a group hike on the Bull Hill Short Loop. With many beautiful overlooks of the Hudson Valley, this trail isn’t one to miss. Afterwards we will indulge in sweet treats from MooMoo’s Creamery in the heart of Cold Spring. 🍦For more details and to RSVP, please click here or the button above. Happy trails!

AKA Adoptee x Parent: Open Discussion

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Adult adoptees and adoptive parents only.

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November 8, 2023 6:00 PM
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8:00 pm

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1270 6th Ave - 9th Floor

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The topic of “family” can conjure up a lot of mixed emotions for adoptees and adoptive parents; with the holiday season quickly approaching, we recognize that this time of year means family time for some, but not for all.

On Wednesday, November 8th at 6pm, we will be hosting a unique, intimate event that will create an arena for adult adoptees and parents of adoptees to practice difficult conversations.

Adoptees and adoptive parents will be partnered 1-on-1, round-robin style, and will have the opportunity to tackle topics in a SAFE space they may not normally feel comfortable bringing up with family members, such as:  “Why don’t we live in a diverse area with people who look like me (adoptee)?” or “What worries you about doing a Birth Family Search?”

This event is only open to adult adoptees and adoptive parents via RSVP form (link in bio). Space will be limited.