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AKA Adoptee Forum | Found connections: adoptee solidarity

  • 345 Park Avenue New York, NY, 10065 United States (map)

Found connections: adoptee solidarity and healing in the wake of current events around family separation

This event will be part performance, panel, discussion, and workshop. We will encourage exploration, reflection, healing, and action as we connect our experiences to other communities undergoing racialized family separation. We will create space to articulate connections between our experiences as adoptees to the current human rights violations and traumas tied to family separation at the border and domestic adoption (specifically the Hart family tragedy).  We do this work together, in order to continue our collective healing, and to find solidarity threads to lead us to specific action to support those experiencing forced separation in the current moment. 

Amy Mihyang Ginther will debut new pieces themed around soil and adoption called: A Triptych of Loss,  April Dinwoodie will speak about the complex realities within the Hart family tragedy, and we will also engage in a discussion about family separation at the border.  Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez will present around issues related to his recent work focusing on structural inequality.

WHO: Any adopted person, 18 yrs+
WHEN: Monday Nov 26, 2018, 6:45pm - 8:45pm
WHERE: 345 Park Ave, New York, NY (use Lexington entrance, tell the desk you are a guest of Jonas Eberle of KPMG)  
COST: FREE for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members
RSVP: Email Bianca Kuijper to RSVP and for questions

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Amy Mihyang Ginther is a queer, transracial, Korean American adoptee, award-winning theatre-maker, and professor at UCSC. Her research and performance work focuses on the intersection of the body, voice, identity, and power. Amy has written about identity, race, and adoption in Modern Loss, The Toast, Transracial Eyes, and has been featured in Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, and KoreAm. She recently concluded her run of Homeful, which won Best Storytelling Show in NYC’s United Solo event.

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April Dinwoodie is a transracially adopted person and host of the podcast “Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World!” She is the founder of Adoptment, a mentoring program that matches foster youth with adopted adults, and is retained by clients, including schools, organizations and individuals to facilitate discussions and workshops surrounding adoption, identity and family with a specific focus on differences of race, class and culture.  Before she entered the nonprofit world, Dinwoodie served as a senior level marketing and branding executive.

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Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez's performance and visual art works emerge from his experiences as a transnational adoptee from Colombia growing up and living in the U.S., and have recently focused on who or what gets to be (in) public and the limits of empathy when working on problems of structural inequity. He is a resident artist at AS220 (Providence), sits on the board of the Colombian American Cultural Society of Rhode Island, and is a two time Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Fellow. More at @benjofaman on any platform, or at jointhebenjam.org. (Photo © Lena Wunderlich 2016) 

Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez's performance and visual art works emerge from his experiences as a transnational adoptee from Colombia growing up and living in the U.S., and have recently focused on who or what gets to be (in) public and the limits of empathy when working on problems of structural inequity. He is a resident artist at AS220 (Providence), sits on the board of the Colombian American Cultural Society of Rhode Island, and is a two time Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Fellow. More at @benjofaman on any platform, or at jointhebenjam.org. (Photo © Lena Wunderlich 2016) 

*** The purpose of Also-Known-As adoptee forums are to create a confidential and safe space for adoptees to discuss personal topics. These forums are only open to adoptees. While we welcome community supporters, friends, and families of adoptees to many of our events, our forums are closed to non-adoptees. ***

Earlier Event: November 14
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Later Event: December 7
AKA Annual Holiday Party