The Use of Creative Writing in Healing the Loss of Culture in International Adoptions

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 16:00 to 17:30

We are aware of the pain of separating an infant from the mother. The cultural separation of place, mother tongue, history, lineage and family is also a disconnection. This presentation will explore this loss through the creative writings of a young Korean born woman raised in America by loving parents. She felt different, self critical given to temper tantrums. When Annie returned to Korea in her late 20's and heard the sounds of her mother tongue, saw herself in the face of her brother and felt the love in her father's eyes, she experienced profound connection with herself. She felt whole.Two families, two cultures, one Annie belonging to both.

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