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Check out this article by Beirut-born abductee Daniel Drennan who breaks down the first world ideology of adoption as salvation "Re-evaluating Adoption: Validating the Local" (english version). It's good stuff.

Posted by So Yung on February 8, 2008

Asian Family Stories

I was interviewed for an article in this magazine, ReviewAsia. The Dec 2007 issue has several articles which seem to try to cover a wide array of perspectives on "Asian families." Guess which viewpoint I represent. The article mostly features Mihee Nathalie Lemoine (amazing artist, activist adoptee). Then there's a part at the end that includes me. I felt kind of misquoted on some things but overall the reporter was nice and at least she covered a more critical viewpoint on international adoption.

Posted by So Yung on January 18, 2008

Abductees Entertain Bay Area Commuters

Hear me in a terribly civilized discussion of "transracial adoption, international and domestic" on KPFA's The Morning Show. My favorite moment is when the crazy white abductor lady from CUNY starts ranting about how she benefits from slavery. No, I am not exaggerating, she really does. The adoption discussion starts about seventy minutes into the show.

Posted by So Yung on November 20, 2005

hateration hollar back!

is the heat making people cranky or is the heat making me cranky enough to publish our most recent hate mail?!?

whateva.....enjoy the summer heat/hate/heat!

Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 16:23:44 -0500
Subject: Okay, I have a question....or 4

As a whitey contemplating international adoption, I have a few questions. What do you guys suggest as an alternative in order to help kids growing up in poverty? Poverty sucks. It sucks big time.

As whitey, I understand I can never teach a kid of another color how to deal with racism. However, what kind of options are open to kids in orphanages overseas? What alternative do you propose? If growing up in a white family is hellish, what is the alternative for someone who has been abandoned? Are there enough people within minority racial groups who can provide kids a home? What organizations should we contribute to in lieu of adopting in order to improve the lives of children of color?

I am honestly interested and think your site provides a much needed perspective in the shiny happy “it’s a small world after all” world of international adoption. By the way, I am not the least bit guilt-ridden. I never colonized crap.


Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 19:42:18 EDT
Subject: (no subject)

What a load of crap- and of course you aren't speaking for all adoptees, even if you are fond of saying "us Koreans". Come on now, stop whining about your situation and do something genuinely productive with your time.

Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 01:11:58 EDT
Subject: Rough lessons

Ouch, your website stung a bit. I just love how we children trivialize the long term effort being a parent represents.

I have an idea. Not a suggestion, just an idea. How about you adopt a "white" child. From, say, Romania or the Ukraine or Russia. Or the US. Why not?

Turn it around and experience both sides. Then you would have the ultimate advantage of knowing what everyone involved goes through.

Question if I you have any relationship with your parents?

Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 03:13:52 CDT
Subject: Regarding the article that Tobias wrote...

Hello. I just wanted to comment on the article that Tobias wrote about
intercountry adoption. My contention is that although he seems to have
mostly correct information, he is either missing parts of the whole
or chose to ignore some parts. Yes it's an ugly issue, but not
involved in this process are evil Nazi wannabes that are out to serve
needs and desires of the white upper-middle class people. Also, the
article would be much more profound and credible if he'd site his
for the studies and other seemingly empirical data that he's citing.
if you're all so upset, why not do something about it? Put your
and resources into helping these kids in a viable manner. Just my

Posted by stephanie on July 22, 2005

Christian vultures, oops, i mean missionaries, circle Indonesia

Rev. Vernon Brewer, President of the Virginia-based missionary group WorldHelp, describes his organization's efforts to abduct tsunami orphans as "'no different than what Mother Teresa did by taking Hindu orphan children and placing them in a Roman Catholic children's home in Calcutta, and she won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing that.'" Read more about WorldHelp's thwarted abduction effort: Tsunami Orphans Won't Be Sent to Christian Home

Posted by So Yung on March 5, 2005

Abduction Revealed @ The Color of Violence Conference III!

Transracial Abductees and friends will be presenting a workshop at the bi-annual Incite! Color of Violence Conference III, in New Orleans. The Color of Violence Conference is a gathering and action of women of color workers, organizers, artists, students, and activists organizing to stop the war on women of color.

If you are attending the conference please come by and see us. Our workshop entitled, Abduction Politicks: Exposing Racism in the Transnational Adoption Industry will be on Saturday, March 12, 2005, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. And we will naturally focus on Militarism, Racism, and Imperialism in the Abduction Industry.

Propaganda will be given out on a first come first serve bases so don’t miss your chance to get your official Spring 2005 Transacial Abductee Gear!

For more information about the conference, go to

Posted by stephanie on February 13, 2005

White Queers Address Homophobia, Ignore Racism (Shocking!)

As queers seek to gain access to mainstream institutions of marriage and adoption, the number of white queers who abduct children of color will continue to grow. This article from celebrates the growing trend as a triumph for queer couples, while completely ignoring race and the ways in which racism and homophobia interlock. The article also vilifies birth mothers who AWOL before giving up their babies, absurdly portraying them as a form of 'adversity' faced by queer couples that is equal to, if not more powerful than, institutionalized homophobia. This myopic determination on the part of white queers to gain the same rights as straight whites, including the right to buy children of color, will further the systematic dismantling of communities of color, and alienate people of color within queer movements.

Gay Adoptions: Defining Triumph Against Adversity

Posted by So Yung on February 1, 2005

Bargain Bin Babies

This article is kind of a gross consumer report on transracial adoption: Growing number of white parents adopt black babies.

Posted by So Yung on November 28, 2004

Who Doesn't Love A Good Matrix?

So this Joint Council on international children's services seems like a mega-conglomerate of all sorts of crazy abduction agencies, but this might be a useful chart, excuse me, matrix, for u.s. legislation update stuff: Adoption Legislation Matrix.

Posted by So Yung on November 23, 2004

Another Even-Handed Look at Transracial Adoption

This article has some interesting stuff:

Transracial adoption ‘inherently racist’

Oh, and by the way, besides my professional involvement with transracial adoption, I am an adult transracial adoptee.

Posted by So Yung on November 21, 2004

Sometimes It's Hard To Be An Abductor

I love it when white people talk about issues of race and identity with such humor and light-heartedness, especially when it's abductors talking about their experiences walking their colored babies around in front of other 'way more ignorant' whites.

Here's an awesome article where this actually happens:
Adoptive parents want to know if you have any questions

Read it, love it, live it.

Posted by So Yung on November 21, 2004

"My abductors bought me on eBay"

Don't let this become a reality! Follow this link sent to us by Sunny Jo: Ban Online Auctions Orchestrated to Raise Funds for Individuals to Adopt Children From Overseas

Posted by So Yung on July 18, 2004

Breaking News: African American Babies are Cheaper than White Ones!!

Check out this article that just appeared in the Oregonian: The price(s) to adopt. For my commentary on American Adoptions and like agencies see Abducting on a Budget: Agency Policies on "Minority" Children, which has been on our website since, uh, February 2003.

Posted by So Yung on July 5, 2004

Rock the Abductee Vote!

In this important election year don't neglect to cast your vote! Transracial Abductees now has an ever-changing Abductee Poll! Which celebrity abductor do you love to hate? Vote Now!

Posted by So Yung on March 28, 2004

April 10, 2004, Transracial Abductees Re-educate

Transracial Abductees will present a workshop at UC Berkeley's API Issues Conference on Saturday, April 10, 2004. For more information on the conference visit the Asian Pacific American Student Development website.

Posted by So Yung on March 28, 2004

Abductees Go European

Okay, not really, but we did write an article for this website:
Abductees Speak: Transracial Adoptees Take on the Adoption Industry

Posted by So Yung on July 27, 2003

Babies For Sale

Hey, check out this interesting article Sam-dol/Tobias told us about. It's from, like, '88.

Posted by So Yung on March 12, 2003