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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Meet me in the Middle: On Identity and Belonging

By Grace Newton


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Prompt: Many adoptees struggle with feeling they don’t belong in one way or another, for a multitude of reasons. Talk about a time when you’ve felt you didn’t belong, or felt less-than, due to being an adoptee. If you grew up in a family of a different race, talk about the moment you realized this difference and how this realization has impacted your view of yourself in the world. If you were adopted from another country or culture, talk about how you navigate between these communities. What is it about being adopted that makes you feel “other?” How has your sense of belonging evolved over the course of your life so far?

Beijing International Airport – 2/27/2015
People whiz by me. There are bright signs everywhere. Nothing is familiar. I finally make it to the immigration clearance area where people are gathered in large masses. Two signs hang, separating the foreigners from the Chinese Nationals.

The word foreigner clings to me. No matter how much I try to avoid it, I can't. As an Asian American, I have to deal with the forever foreigner complex at home in the U.S. And I can't even shake the word in my home country. I don't want to be a foreigner here.