Category Archives: citizenship

Adoptee, represent!

At the Adoption Initiative Conference in 2018 in Oakland, I presented a paper entitled: “Resisting Extirpation: Revolutionary Adoption Activism” [link to PDF ➤]. In the paper I discussed the fact that 10 percent of Korean adoptees in the United States … Continue reading

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Fellowship Lecture: Citizen, Denizen, Alien

Adoption via Lebanon: Practices of Extirpation and Their Impact on Kinship, Community, Identity, and Citizenship Presented under the gracious auspices of The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut

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Citizen, Denizen, Alien: Lecture • Film Screening

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB presents: A fellowship lecture on the topic of adoption via Lebanon by Daniel Drennan, followed by a screening of the film Memory: Unknown, which documents those adopted via Lebanon to Scandinavia and their … Continue reading

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On regaining Lebanese nationality.

In my current research, I’ve been looking into various conceptions of citizenship, the nation-states of source and adoption, as well as the ephemeral nature of what makes for adoptee identity and sense of belonging. Coincidentally, I recently submitted the last … 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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10,000+: Database of Lebanese Adoptees

For the past decade or so I, like many of us, have been comparing paperwork concerning my adoption with that of other adoptees. Looking for clues, similarities, anything that might divulge some information as to origins as well as that … Continue reading

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Adoption activism: Lebanon in a global context

Today Bada’el/Alternatives presented a workshop on “The Right to Origins” co-hosted with Legal Agenda, in Badaro, Beirut [link to site]. There were six adoptees present from the Netherlands, others from France and Switzerland. We’ve been doing a lot of media … Continue reading

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Right to Origins Workshop: Beirut

You are cordially invited to the launching of the NGO Badael-Alternatives, which addresses for the first time in Lebanon and in the Arab region the right to origins. For this very special occasion, we have prepared a workshop in partnership … Continue reading

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Encarnacion Bail Romero: A Mother Denied.

Originally posted on Resist racism:
I want to have my son even if I don’t give him a good education. I feel tortured because I don’t have my son. She [Bail Romero’s sister in the U.S.] wants to know if…

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Support Encarnacion Romero

In terms of displacement, dispossession, and disinheritance no story related to adoption upsets me more than that of Encarnacion Romero. A Guatemalan mother working in the United States; her family caring for her child while she worked; a state determining … Continue reading

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