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Mothers’ Voices: A “Rematriated” Adoptee’s Art Residency

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve started an artist’s residency at the Newark Print Shop. In order to fund this opportunity, I am “pre-selling” expected output from the residency at Kickstarter [link to Kickstarter page], as described below. Support … Continue reading

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Updates/Association of Persons Adopted via Lebanon to the Americas

An extremely kind message from a fellow adoptee the other day reminded me that I have not posted here since returning to New Jersey last June. “Re-entry” has been a bit more difficult than I imagined, and so here, almost … Continue reading

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On the “familiar” in adoption.

Over at Transracial Eyes [link], I posted a question concerning the way in which the world looks at us as adoptees, and how this radically changes with time. The basic point was that when we are children, and we are … Continue reading

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Advice for adoptive parents.

I am often asked my advice concerning adoption actions in progress, and I am always taken aback at such requests and the burden they place on adoptees. They demand of us a stamp of approval that I, for one, refuse … Continue reading

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إذا رجع ابني | Should my son come back…

[These are the words of the mother of one of the disappeared during the Lebanese civil war. Source unknown; contributed by Zeina Allouche. Further coming full circle: Above the communal crypt of my mother’s final resting place was a mirror … Continue reading

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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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On orphans, adoption, and Islam.

Many thanks to Asma Uddin and @AltMuslimah for allowing me the space to reply to the previous article I cited a few days ago. An excerpt: To conclude, in 1948 the United Nations defined an aspect of genocide to include … 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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SAVE THE DATE: The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC)

Theme: Building Communities, Changing Discourses Date: October 27–29, 2016 Location: Minneapolis I will be presenting a paper entitled: “Citizenship and Statelessness: The Adoptee as Citizen, Denizen, Alien”.

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@AltMuslimah : A reply.

In the article Placing Muslim Orphans Into Real Homes, a member of the board of an adoptive agency makes the astonishing claim that Muslims should adopt children, ideally, of course, through the author’s agency. I believe this is referred to … Continue reading

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