Thursday, April 17, 2014
A conversation with one of "The Disappeared": An El Salvadoran adoptee and Korean adoptee discuss adoption, reunion & identity
One of my favorite parts about writing is when my writing allows me the opportunity to cross paths with inspiring, resilient, creative individuals--including recently, a Salvadoran adoptee, Nelson de Witt. He is the subject of as well as the producer and chief storyteller of the upcoming documentary, "Identifying Nelson/Buscando A Roberto," about his personal journey of finding and discovering from where and who he came. The results are life-altering and shocking to say the least.
A few weeks ago, I published a post entitled, "Romanticizing Adoption and Reunion: The Modern Day Fairy Tale that Actually Isn't".
What I shared in the post connected me with Nelson and we got a chance to chat one-on-one about the similarities and differences of our journeys through adoption and reunion.
I hope you will take the time to listen to our conversation. And even more importantly, I hope you will take the time to learn more about Nelson's story and the other Salvadoran adoptees--known as "The Disappeared"--who were separated from their families during El Salvador's Civil War.
Adoption is never a simple story. The more I learn, the more I realize that it is always rooted in loss and tragedy, and at times, as in the case of "The Disappeared," in heartbreaking injustice and devastating brutality.
Listen. And hopefully, learn...
Episode #48: Romanticizing Adoption and Reunion--A conversation between Nelson de Witt of "Identifying Nelson/Buscando A Roberto" and Mila Konomos of Lost Daughter
I am a Korean adoptee who has been in reunion since 2009. I am also a wife and a mother of two, a sister, a friend, a relentless questioner of the status quo. I love my adoptive family and I hate being adopted. I love the life I have but wish I could have grown up with my family in Korea. My life as an adoptee is an ever-evolving journey full of complexity and seeming contradiction.