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A Letter From Our President

Dear friends,

As we draw closer to the end of another year, it’s natural that we consider where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. For many of us, parts of our adoptee identities have shaped the paths we’ve intentionally taken this past year, and perhaps invite our attention to assess ourselves through a question I’ve found quite helpful, and have put to words in this simple way:

What is the kindest / truest / most loving thing I can do?  

Imagine where the next year could take us, if we acted upon that, to the best of our abilities. Actually, it might be unimaginable. I’ve found it to be this kind of rule of life, that whenever we set ourselves to be the best that we can for ourselves, it always, always, leaves me pleasantly surprised.

We hope you’ll continue to share the gift of you being you in many more ways in the coming year. May all the closings of this year and the openings of the next, find you present, intentional, and flourishing.

Also-Known-As President,
Robert Lee (Calabretta)



Also-Known-As Upcoming Events

Annual Holiday Party 12/9’Tis the season for our Annual Holiday Party! Join us on Friday, December 9th from 6-9pm at Karaoke City. There will be food, an open bar from 6-7pm, and two private karaoke rooms from 8-9pm.



Who: Adoptees and Friends
Where: Karaoke City (22 W 32nd St. 7th Fl. New York, NY 10001)
When: Friday, December 9, 2022
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
RSVP: via Facebook
Cost: Free for Members | $40 for Non-Members
Venmo: @also-known-as or Paypal: paypal.me/alsoknownas
Please label prepaid payments as “Holiday Party

Reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and come raise a glass as we wrap up 2022 and welcome 2023!. Never been to an Also-Known-As event? We are excited to meet you! Friends and family members welcome, or come solothis event is not to be missed. Email us if you have any questions: board@alsoknownas.org

Giving Tuesday

Also-Known-As warmly welcomes any generosity that you would be willing and able to donate this Giving Tuesday so that we can continue to build community, lead impactful programming and ensure that we are providing our members with long-term sustainable support.

Giving Tuesday started in 2012, and is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

Also-Known-As, Inc. was founded in 1996, and is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with an all volunteer Board of Directors.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting our non-profit organization and community!


Community News

Nicole Chung's second book, A LIVING REMEDY, is now available for preorder! For a signed and personalized copy, preorder through adoptee-owned Loyalty Bookstore. From the bestselling author of ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW comes a searing memoir of class, inequality, 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. A LIVING REMEDY goes on sale April 4, 2023.

Katie Iles, a Chinese adoptee who is currently in the process of finishing writing a memoir, is conducting research to learn more about and build an accurate representation of what it is like to be a Chinese adoptee in a “before” and “after” COVID world. Katie is looking for Chinese adoptees to complete a 10-question survey.

To publish your news in our community section, please send us an email with the details!

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