1:45PM - 2:45PM: Transracial and Transnational Korean Adoption: Creating Happy Families or Child Trafficking?
Adoption has long been framed as a means to create a family and in some cases save children from third world countries and women deemed unfit for motherhood, many of whom are women of color. Has the white savior narrative turned what once began as a humanitarian effort into a guise for child trafficking? How has the adoption industry continued to thrive and profit while failing those most vulnerable in the adoption constellation? Why not provide resources for women to keep their children rather than separating them through adoption. By telling the whole adoption story, which includes adoptees without citizenship, their deportation and legislative efforts to fix this human rights catastrophe, this session aims to shift the historical narrative.
11:30AM - 12:30PM: Healing Through The Unsaid
Silencing does not benefit the silenced. How has silence keep us from becoming who we are really meant to be? What have you kept silent and why? Through a series of writing prompts including letter writing, we’ll make space for our experiences that have been silenced and have held us back from being who we were destined to be.