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Resources for Teens Transnationally Adopted from Asia: Home

Welcome to Our LibGuide!

Adoption Symbol

 Welcome to the Teens Transnationally Adopted from Asia LibGuide! Here you will find a number of great resources for teenagers aged approximately 13-18 years old who are looking to find more information about transnational or international adoption. 

Want to know more? Here's a sampling of resources!

Asian Not Asian Podcast logo from Asian Not Asian Podcast Home.

Rectangular book cover depicting two Korean girls standing side-by-side in the middle of a muted street. The girls lean against each other and smile for the picture. Beneath the photo is the title "Separated @ Birth" against a pink background.

Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited

Anais Bordier & Samantha Futerman

ISBN: 9780425276150 0425276155

This story explores how Korean twin sisters, separated at birth via adoption, discover their connection over social media and embark on a journey of reconnection and self-discovery as they learn more about their cultural heritage. 

For more, check out our Media + Art page!

New Beginnings logo from New Beginnings website.

11 Things About Asian Adoptees


Watch this great video with the Fung Brothers as they have Korean BBQ with the amazing DanAKADan and discuss real adoption questions that come up as an Asian adoptee. 

Questions Asian Adoptees Get Asked a Lot

Questions Asian Adoptees Get Asked a Lot - Feat. Alex Brennan

Join Naomi and Alex as they grapple with some questions that Asian Adoptees get asked a lot, and what their reactions to the questions are!

So what does it mean to be an adoptee?

If you’re looking at this LibGuide, then you’re probably a teenager wondering about what it really means to be adopted. This LibGuide is meant to be a resource for any teenagers who are transnationally or internationally adopted and want to know more about what exactly that means.

First things first: 

What does it mean to be a transnational adoptee? “International adoption (also referred to as intercountry adoption or transnational adoption) is a type of adoption in which an individual or couple becomes the legal and permanent parent(s) of a child who is a national of a different country.” This is the way that it’s defined via Wikipedia. 

But being an international adoptee means so much more than that. There are so many more questions to ask. I know that as an international adoptee myself, I’ve always had a lot of questions. How do I deal with looking different from my parents, who are Italian American? How do I feel about my nationality? To that end, what is my nationality? Do I actually prefer Italian food or Korean food?

I’m a 34-year-old Korean American adoptee, and I know that when I was a teenager, I had so many questions. Now, in the year 2020, there are so many more resources out there to help answer some of those questions! I can say with certainty that just because I’m an adult woman doesn't mean that the questions won’t stop coming. I say, keep them coming! Keep investigating and keep questioning things. If you’re interested in finding out more about your birth country, we’ve got resources for that!  If you’re interested in finding your birth family, we’ve got resources for that. And if you just want someone to talk to, we’ve got resources for that too. So look around, and if you have any questions, Kelli, Karen, and I welcome them! 

All the best in your searches!


Quotes about Adoption

Here are some quotes about adoption. If you think you're confused, you're not the only one. Whether your feelings are positive or negative or mixed, it's okay to feel all of those things. 

I was a transaction. I was a number in the same way that people who are criminalized and institutionalized are given numbers.

Laura Klunder, adopted from Korea,
from the NYTimes article "Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea"

More needs to be done to raise awareness of the natural need intercountry adoptees have to find their origins and reconnect with family where possible.

Vong, adopted from Vietnam,

from ICAV's Perspective Paper



Adoption Statistics

Adoption Statistics, from the U.S. Department of State

Do you ever wonder how many children were adopted the same year as you, or from the same country of origin? You can use this Adoption Statistics tool to get that information. Check out our how-to video for using the tool and exploring the data.

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