"I am a searcher... I always was...and I still am... searching for the missing piece.” Louise Bourgeois, artist (1911-2010)
I'm Angela Gee, in the left photo. I don't know the person in the right photo, but when I saw her image on the wall at the local art museum last spring, I nearly fell over. It is the ONLY time in my life that I have seen someone who looks like me. Because I'm an adoptee. Among the many pieces of me, the biogenetic kinship piece is out of my reach.
Being empowered to create my own narrative, through the love and support of my community, friends, family and colleagues, has allowed me to focus on projects including this program at the Pepperdine School of Law annual conference entitled: Inter-country Adoption - Orphan rescue or human trafficking? Considering current events, it could not be more timely!
I am honored that my panel presentation, "Inter-Country Adoption: The Process of Identity Development," was accepted by the conference, and in order to derive the most interesting perspectives, I invited three articulate stakeholders to take part in the discussion. They represent informed, inspirational adoptee voices from Vietnam, Korea and China.
Because the school cannot pay any expenses, I am asking you to contribute any small sum, to defray the costs of transportation and other expenses for the one panelist who must come from the east coast.
By supporting my program, you will enhance the understanding of developing identities among adoptees, what kinds of support have worked, and continue the discussion on improving adoptee's rights worldwide. I promise that anyone attending this conference will come away with a deeper understanding contemporary adoption themes. Look here for more information:
Contributing to the success of this program validates my efforts and professional development, and I thank you in advance.
I hope to raise $1000 (less the Indiegogo fee), to pay for shuttles, taxis and airfare, and any ancillary expenses for Jenna, adoptee from China, and one of the featured teens in the documentary, Somewhere Between. She's now a student at Yale and has graciously agreed to fly in for the weekend to participate.
The perks that I'm offering are from pieces and pages of my own narrative:
A Thank You typed on my original 1970 Hermes typewriter, a Won Ton making tutorial (you get to eat them, too!) using my family recipe, groundbreaking films + books by participating panelists, or a choice of therapeutic consultation or workshop I'm offering to address adoption issues.
Your support is beyond measure. Even if you cannot contribute, it doesn't mean you cannot help. Please help get the word out by passing this on to those who may be able to!
Thank you for listening. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!