Julayne Lee

Julayne Lee was given up for adoption in South Korea as a result of the Korean War. She was adopted by an all-white Christian family in Minnesota, where she grew up. She has spent over fifteen years working with Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAKs). She lived in Seoul and now resides in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the LA Futbolistas and Adoptee Solidarity Korea - Los Angeles (ASK-LA). She is also part of the Adoptee Rights Campaign working to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship. NOT MY WHITE SAVIOR is her first book.

AWP: F337 Adoptee/Adopted People & Foster Alum Reception
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

AWP: F337 Adoptee/Adopted People & Foster Alum Reception

Are you an adoptee/adopted person or foster alum? Have you felt silenced in your family and/or in the adoption and foster discourse? This reception aims to be a safer space, recognizing that while we have shared experiences, the adoption and foster journeys are unique and very individual. Come meet others who would like to shift the narrative and flip the script on a system that has failed far too many. We'll discuss how writing has empowered us to share our truth and navigate the complex emotions of institutions that have historically portrayed only a positive point of view, contributing to the silencing of our voices.

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AWP Reading: S281 Adopted Korean Women Writers
Mar
30
4:30 PM16:30

AWP Reading: S281 Adopted Korean Women Writers

Adopted Korean Women Writers: History Shapes Our Writing Journey (exact date/time TBA)

Overseas adopted Korean American women will read their poetry, memoirs and essays that document their collective experiences.  With adoption from South Korea linked to the rights of unwed mothers and also foreign policy including North Korea relations, adopted Korean writers contribute important documentation and discourse to shift the narrative and dialogue and bring attention to the history and current conditions surrounding inter-country adoption (ICA) from South Korea.

 

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Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity Festival
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity Festival

  • Highways Performance Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event will give purpose and voice, utilizing the expressive arts in all mediums to bring awareness to foster care and adoption. All funds raised will go to support the event, the artists, and Celia Center programs

PERFORMING ARTISTS FEATURED

Born, Never Asked by Zoe Klein Productions is an acrobatic dance journey of a Colombian adoptee’s search for belonging and sheds light on the complexity of international adoption through acrobatics, dance, spoken word, and visual imagery.

Susan Harris O’Connor recites The Harris Narratives

Jeanette Yoffe performs scenes from What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?

Denise Schnelle recites BIRTHMOTHER

Julayne Lee, Korean American Poet, Adoptee

Julia Miller Dunnett, Teen Singer, Adoptee

Nicole Rademacher, Artist Presents a Film, Adoptee

Briana Spencer, Spoken Word, Foster Alumni

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Crossing Korea: Eugenia Kim, Alice Stephens, and Julayne Lee at the Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Crossing Korea: Eugenia Kim, Alice Stephens, and Julayne Lee at the Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)

I’ll be reading with Eugenia Kim, author of the novels The Kinship of Secrets (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2018) and The Calligrapher’s Daughter (Holt, Henry & Company, Inc., 2010) and Alice Stephens author of the debut novel Famous Adopted People (Unnamed Press, October 2018).

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AKA Adoptee Forum | Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop
Sep
17
6:45 PM18:45

AKA Adoptee Forum | Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop

Healing Through Writing the Unsaid

Our voices matter, yet are often silenced by adoption and/or whiteness and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. Through writing & discussion, we’ll reflect on our journeys as adopted people of color and how we navigate our identities. You’ll have the opportunity to share your writing with others in the workshop if you so choose (sharing is optional). No writing experience necessary

WHO: Anyone who identifies as an adopted person of color, indigenous adopted person, or as a racially ambiguous adopted person (18 yrs. and older) 
WHEN: Monday September 17th 6:45pm - 8:45pm
WHERE: TBD
COST: FREE for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members
BRING: your own writing materials - paper, notebook, journal and pens, pencils; your own beverages and snacks - writing can make you hungry! an open mind and heart - your voice matters.
RSVP: PM Bianca Kuijper or email bkuijper@alsoknownas.org to RSVP and for questions

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RAPP SALOON READING SERIES
Jun
1
8:30 PM20:30

RAPP SALOON READING SERIES

Rapp Saloon Reading Series First Fridays is proud to feature Poets Conney WilliamsDanielle Mitchell, Julayne Lee (JE Lee), and Musician Weston Cann at our Friday, June 1, 2018 event! Host: Cynthia Alessandra Briano. +OPEN MIC (Sign up: 8-8:30pm.) Reading Begins: 8:30pm. Free. Reception with book signing and refreshments to follow!

Join us for a night of poetry, literature, music, theater, comedy, and dance at the historic Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica! Share your words and music for the Open Mic! All voices and arts welcome. You are welcome to contribute something to the refreshments table. Parking directly across the street at Parking Structure #6 or take the Metro Expo Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station. Great thanks to HI Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel for hosting us! www.rappsaloon.org Twitter: @RappSaloon, Instagram: rappsaloon

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Planting Roots in New Soil: Poets Discuss Heritage
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Planting Roots in New Soil: Poets Discuss Heritage

  • The World Stage Art, Education & Performance Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a powerful poetry reading on topics surrounding immigration, adoption, heritage and learning to live in a new country while maintaining roots.
The readings will be performed by Erika Ayón (Author of Orange Lady), Alyssa Matuchniak (Author of Small Wars, Little Revolutions), and Julayne Lee (Author of Not My White Savior).

Q&A session and book signings to follow!

You won't want to miss this night!

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