A Letter From Our President
I briefly wanted to drop a note to welcome veterans and newcomers and to briefly introduce myself in my first month as president.
My American name is Robert Calabretta (aka, Hanil Lee,) and to be quite honest, as I consider the line of presidents that have preceded me, I am both honored and extremely humbled. The history of what Also-Known-As has accomplished throughout the past 25+ years of building community among transnational adoptees is staggering. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. However, the fact that none of these presidents stood alone comforts me. Around them—always present—were the amazing people composing their board of directors, and beyond them were the volunteers, helpers, and those simply present, bringing their stories and themselves.
We have thrived as an organization because each and every one of us has believed that–to be understood, and welcomed, and included was not an option. It was a necessity.
I’m very much looking forward to growing and journeying with you all in the upcoming season—and I’d like to leave you with something very special. Our board has worked hard on slightly refocusing our mission statement, which is our hope and endeavor with you all in the months and years to come.
The mission of Also-Known-As is to build a community
that empowers the voices of adult international adoptees,
while providing resources and space to acknowledge
the loss of birth country, culture, language, and biological family.
May there be some deeper sense of knowing yourself,
Your journey as an adoptee,
Journeying with another not unlike yourself,
Which will bring you further up and further in.
Also-Known-As Upcoming Events
Kick-off Happy Hour 9/15
Friends, good news! We’re back!!
All are invited to our kickoff monthly Happy Hour at TapHaus33 to connect with our incredible adoptee community and have a few drinks (or just come to eat/chill!). Come reunite and meet old and new friends! See more on our Facebook Event Page.
Who: Anyone and everyone (but especially you!)
Where: TapHaus33 14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016
When: 9/15 (Thurs) 6-9pm (Happy Hour is $25 for unlimited beers on tap until 8pm. Bar drinks and food are a-la-carte)
RSVP: Nope! just show up as your wonderful self!
Central Park Picnic Gathering 9/25
We love picnics, and we're so excited to kick-off the new program year! Grab a blanket, grab some snacks, bring your friends, bring your family and come join us on the Great Lawn in Central Park as we wind down these summer temperatures. This picnic is B.Y.O food and drinks. See you Sunday September 25th from 1:00-3:00pm. Exact pin location will be shared day-of on our Facebook Event Page.
Where: The Great Lawn in Central Park
When: Sunday 9/25 1:00 - 3:00pm (Rain cancelation will be announced 24 hours in advanced on our Facebook/Instagram page)
RSVP: No need, just show up!
Goal House is hosting an adoptee bbq on 9/24, Saturday! Adoptees are invited! It will be from 1pm - 5pm, 362 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Feel free to bring a small addition or just yourself! More info will be on Subtle Adoptee Asian Traits New York’s Facebook Page.
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