Category Archives: Adoption resistance

Malcolm X Returns to Beirut

This was my second piece for Land of Gazillion Adoptees/Gazillion Voices [link to article], originally published in May of 2015. Advertisements

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On adoption resistance: bridging false divides.

This was my first piece for Land of Gazillion Adoptees [link to article] originally published in September, 2014.

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Daniel, Ibn Bahija.

Seest thou one who denies the Reckoning? Then such is he who harshly repulses the orphan…. —The Small Kindnesses, 107:1–3 We are as splinters, expelled from the body. The corpus surrounds us, englobes us, and drives us out; it then … Continue reading

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Adoption in the Lebanese Context: A Proposal

I am posting here a small excerpt from my proposal to the Asfari Institute entitled: Adoption in the Lebanese Context: 
Practices of Extirpation and Their Impact 
on Kinship, Community, Citizenship, and Identity. I’ve already expanded it into a full research … Continue reading

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On the new adopter narratives.

As adoptees, we are used to this drill. Adoptive parents, in a fit of what they believe to be enlightenment, deem themselves worthy of writing up our adoption experiences. These narratives are designed to be consumed by those of the … Continue reading

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Adoption Criminal: @SherrieEldridge

Given that adoptees of all ages and all stripes from around the world are replying to hugely offensive Pabulum like this article, the fact that you ignore such input to trot out the worst of adoption mythology says much about … Continue reading

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Adoption Is War I+II; Lebanon 2015/1975

I’ve just added a new page, Lebanon 1975: Adoption is War II. It is based on an article found in the news magazine Monday Morning from January, 1975, three months before the “start” of the Lebanese Civil War. It is … Continue reading

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Dear blocked adoptive parent…

…who finds the need to email me and explain that I somehow don’t “understand” adoption and that adoption is somehow “different” in the UK: The history of adoption in terms of Anglo-Saxon society reflects a targeting of the poor, the … Continue reading

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“And She Flew Away”: A Fundraiser

It took a bit of time, but the NGO that we have started up here in Lebanon has seen the light of day and has received government approval. Our first steps include a fundraiser as well as a workshop with … Continue reading

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A Lebanese proverb: On adoption.

I came across a Lebanese proverb: .إلي ما بيربى ع سفرة أبوه ما بيشبع Translation: “He who is not brought up at his father’s table shall not be satisfied.” Note: Reference to the hard life which orphans and adopted children … Continue reading

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