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AKA Adoptive Parent Series | Birth Country Cultural Identity Development

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This is the second in a 2-event Adoptive Parent series. Your ticket purchase grants access to BOTH events.

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How important is it for young international adoptees to be familiar with their birth country's culture?  In this event, we will hear from two past and present Also-Known-As mentorship program parents about their experience and insight into helping their children develop a healthy awareness of their roots.  Martha Crawford and Marjorie Williams will share their methods, challenges, successes, and reflections on the role that they, as white parents, played in trying to impart a sense of being Korean and Chinese, respectively, to their children.  Bring your own experiences and questions to share, such as "My child didn't want to have anything to do with their birth culture," "Is this a nice-to-have or something critical?" and "How involved should the family be as our child explores their culture?"  Former Also-Known-As president Mee Hyun Gerstein will facilitate the discussion.

WHO: Open to public, ticket pre-purchase required by Friday May 17, noon
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WHERE: 4 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn NY - use Willoughby St entrance (see map)
COST: $50 per parent / couple for both events or $37.50 for one event.
* 50% discount off for Also-Known-As members; use code MEMBER
* 25% discount off for members of affiliate adoptee groups such as FCCNY; use code AFFILIATE
TICKETS: Purchase Here
INFO: Send questions to Michael Mullen.

NOTE that this is an event for only ADULTS, and child care will not be available. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.


Martha Crawford LCSW is a psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor in private practice in NYC for over 25 years and is the author of the blog, What a Shrink Thinks, as well as other published articles and essays on the psychotherapeutic process. As an adoptive parent to two children born in Korea, Martha and her husband David Amarel, with the help of many other committed adoptive parents and adult adoptees, founded All Together Now - an adoptee-centric support organization for transracially adopted children and their families. Martha and David have also been columnists with Gazillion Voices magazine, a publication by and for adopted adults. She currently works with Sejong Cultural Education Inc,  an organization that supports Korean American youth in affirming and exploring their diverse identities through Korean culture camp, educational programs and homeland tours. She has been a frequent presenter at The Korean American Adoptee Adoptive family Network (KAAN) conference.


Marjorie A. Williams has lived in Northern Jersey for most of her life. In 1995 Marjorie and her husband Doug became an adoptive family from China upon meeting their daughter Laura Xiang, aka Ni Xiang. Not long after, the family started to attend Also-Known-As panels and family events. At 6 years old, Laura joined the AKA mentorship program, while Doug and Marjorie continued with adult panels and family events. Now almost 24 years of being an adoptive family, Laura has flown the coop and is working full-time in Colorado for an adoption community center, while Marjorie and Doug live with a cat and 4 chickens on Cape Cod.


Mee Hyun Gerstein was adopted from Korea at 6.5 months and raised on the UWS, begrudgingly attending Korean school on Saturdays, but happily willing to take the train out to Flushing for kimchi pizza. She was an original Also-Known-As mentee back in the mid-90s, and reacquainted herself (as an adult) with the organization in January 2003, serving in various board and advisory positions over the years. Since 2006, she has been on the board of the International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) Network, an international consortium of adoptee-run organizations, of which AKA is a founding member.