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Adoptee Hub Annual Fundraiser 2021 - The Power of Reunification

Saturday
Nov 06
3:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Additional Info: Register Early To Receive A Discount.

Location: In Person and Online, via Zoom

Registration: Click here

This year Adoptee Hub is showcasing an adoptee transracial film titled “Forget Me Not”. Come also to meet director Sun Hee who is traveling here from Denmark to share her film. Adoptee Hub is also featuring a Korean birth mother, who is traveling here from Korea, to tell her personal story of why she gave up her child for adoption. We hope that seeing and hearing these stories, will help to provide insight into the importance of our friends, families, and our community. Join us in stepping up to make possible the opportunity to build post-adoption services for adoptees and their families.

Current and Recent Events

Cooking Series: Kimbap and Kimchijeon Part 3

Saturday
Sep 25
1:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Mounds View, MN and Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here

Adoptee Hub is back in the kitchen with Auntie Grace Vigilante, as she shows us how to make Kimbap and Kimchijeon, two quick and easy eat-on-the-go snacks.

This event will be available online for everyone and in-person for the first 15 people who register.

Ninja Warrior Spotlight With 2021 Contestant Ben Martin

Saturday
Jul 24
1:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, via Zoom

Please join Adoptee Hub for our July Event. We will be sitting down to interview a fellow Korean adoptee, Ben Martin. He is a qualifying season 8 Ninja Warrior. Come and learn about his extraordinary triumph and journey. This event will be great for all ages.

Yoga Workshop With Kara Dewhurst (RYT 200 Certified)

Saturday
Jun 19
11:00 AM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, Via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here Watch

Adoptee Hub is pleased to invite you to our “Introduction to Yoga Workshop” hosted by our very own Adoptee Hub volunteer, Kara Dewhurst. She received her yoga teaching certificate (RYT 200) in 2014 and has taught a wide variety of yoga and fitness courses. This 90-minute virtual event will include an educational session on the basics of yoga followed by a yoga class. You will learn about the history, styles, and benefits of yoga, how to choose the style and teacher for you, and will practice a foundational yoga sequence called a “sun salutation.” At the end of the session, there will be time for discussion and Q&A.

The physical portion of this event is designed for beginners, so no experience is needed. It’s recommended that you have a yoga mat and an optional blanket or towel if you’d like to have extra padding. You should wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. You will not be required to be on camera.

Kara would love to answer any questions or concerns that you have, so please feel free to reach out to her at Kara.Dewhurst@adopteehub.org.

Adoptee Hub’s Writing Workshop with Mei Hwang, P.H.D. scholar and author of 100,000 Kranes for my Mother

Saturday
May 08
1:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees

Location: Online, Via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here Watch

Join Adoptee Hub along with Mei Hwang, author of 100,000 Kranes For My Mother, as she leads us in a letter-writing exercise to our birth mothers. Mei will address the range of emotions, from grief to relief, that we may feel while participating in this exercise in a safe and supportive environment that Adoptee Hub will provide to everyone who attends.⁠

*Due to the sensitivity of the event, we are opening the event only for adoptees / transracial adoptees to participate. Thank you for your care and understanding.*⁠

Mei Hwang is an adoptee. She was adopted at age two. Her profession involves conducting Expressive Arts workshops at conferences, Healthcare, and Educational workshops as well as conducting individual, group, and family private coaching. She also educates organizations on cultural competency and diversity development in her ongoing pursuit of Reaching beyond the Bamboo Ceiling.

Cooking Series: Bulgogi and Japchae Part 2

Saturday
Apr 24
1:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here Watch

Please join Adoptee Hub, along with Auntie Grace Vigilante, and Brooke Newmaster for a live event via Zoom as they teach us how to make authentic Korean Bulgogi and Japchae.

We will be giving away five cooking packages during our event. Must be registered and attend to be eligible.

Follow @AdopteeHub on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates and for the list of ingredients needed for the event.

*Due to high shipping costs, we are only able to offer the free gift to shipping within the continental United States at this time.

Adoptee Hub Book Reading 'Outsiders Within' With Editors, Jane Trenka and Sun Yung Shin

Saturday
Mar 27
8:00 PM CST

Audience: Community

Other Date Info: Limited copies of the 2nd edition will be given away!

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here Watch

With the anticipated release of the 2nd edition of ’Outsiders Within’, Adoptee Hub is proud to support and promote this with a virtual reading event. Join editors, Jane Trenka and Sun Yung Shin, as they read excerpts from their 2nd edition. Following the reading, there will be time set aside to engage with Jane and Sun Yung.

’Outsiders Within’ features compelling and intimate essays, fiction, poetry, and art, from the perspectives of transracial adoptees as they tackle difficult topics they face.

Follow Sun Yung Shin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @sunyungshin
FB Page: Outsiders Within Adoptee Community

Please note that this event will be scheduled later in the evening of March 27th at 8 PM Central to accommodate the appearance of one of our guests that lives overseas. We appreciate your interest and understanding.

’Outsiders Within’ BOOK GIVEAWAY:
Adoptee Hub will be giving away a limited amount of their books to our guests who attend. We hope to see you there!

Cooking Series: Kimchi Part 1

Saturday
Feb 27
1:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here Watch

Please join Adoptee Hub, along with Auntie Grace Vigilante, and Brooke Newmaster for a live event via Zoom as they teach us how to make authentic Korean Kimchi.

The first ten people who register will receive a free cooking gift to kickstart your Kimchi making! Must be registered and attend the event to be eligible.

Follow @AdopteeHub on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates and for the list of ingredients needed for the event.

*Due to high shipping costs, we are only able to offer the free gift to shipping within the continental United States at this time.

Adoptee Hub Book Reading 'Faith & Favor' With Lisa A. Quaites

Saturday
Jan 30
2:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here Watch

’I want other adoptees to know that even in the absence of viable information, all hope is not lost, and modern-day miracles do exist.’
-Lisa A. Quaites

Lisa A. Quaites is a postwar mixed-race Korean adoptee who was raised by a Black military family in the United States. Her desire to reconnect with her Korean mother ignited a search that uncovered paternal relatives via DNA testing. This personal adoption account of Lisa’s predestined journey explores her life experience as a transracial adoptee and the challenges she faced at home and in her motherland. This poignant memoir highlights the author’s redemptive joy and showcases her resilience and determination to discover her family roots.

2020 Events

Adoptee Hub Annual Fundraiser Panel Discussion With Side by Side Project Participants

Saturday
Nov 07, 2020
4:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, via Zoom

Adoptee Hub invites you to preview Side by Side, a documentary produced and directed by Korean Adoptee Glenn Morey and his wife, Julie Morey. Adoptee Hub will be featuring a panel discussion with perspectives from three of the adoptee participants of the Side by Side Project. A link for the film will be sent out to attendees one week prior to the event date. It is recommended attendees watch the film prior to the live panel discussion on the day of the event.

Registration for the event also includes:

• Door Prizes
• Silent Auction
• Giveaways
• Performance by JangmiArts Players

Birth Search Series Session 2: 325Kamra and President Linda Papi Rounds

Saturday
Oct 03, 2020
2:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Additional Info: Separate Registrations Will Be Required For Both Events.

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here

Adoptee Hub is pleased to present, in partnership with 325Kamra and President Linda Papi Rounds, an information session to help you understand and interpret the components of your DNA.

If you are considering starting the DNA process or have already initiated one, this session may be helpful. We will offer a Q&A session immediately following. Please submit your questions when registering.

Birth Search Series Session 1

Saturday
Sep 19, 2020
2:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Additional Info: Separate Registrations Will Be Required For Both Events.

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here

Adoptee Hub is pleased to present its Birth Search Series

Searching for your biological family can be daunting for people who don’t know where to start or are unsure of the questions that need to be asked. The process is different for every adoptee, but there are common steps that most should follow. Adoptee Hub will provide these guidelines, including which organizations to partner with during your search. This series is broken into two sessions.

The first session will focus on the process of starting and executing a birth search. We are pleased to feature our CEO and Founder, Ami Nafzger, as she provides a ’How-To’ on everything birth search during a virtual information session on September 19, 2020, at 2:00 PM CDT. If you are considering starting your own journey or are in the process of one, this may be of assistance to you. We will offer a Q&A session immediately following.

Living in Korea Viewpoints From Adoptees

Saturday
Aug 22, 2020
7:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here

Are you curious about what it’s like to live in South Korea? Wondering what the day-to-day norms are including specific pros and cons? Have you ever considered moving there, but are unsure where to begin planning? Register today for our ’Living In Korea’ virtual event where four Korean adoptees share their advice and tips they’ve learned from their experiences along the way.

F4 Visa Information Session About F4 Visa and Dual Citizenship

Saturday
Aug 08, 2020
7:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here

Join Adoptee Hub and G.O.A’L to learn more about how to obtain an F4 Visa and/or Dual Citizenship.

Joo-Hoon Schneider from G.O.A’L will be available immediately following the informational session to answer your questions.

The Ugly Model Movie Event

Saturday
Jul 18, 2020
1:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here

This film examines the paradox of the handsome male model who feels unattractive, ashamed and emasculated because of his Asian ethnicity. Why does Kevin then choose to be a male model where validation is based on his physical appearance?

Birth Search 101 Session 3: The Reunion

Saturday
May 16, 2020
2:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees

Additional Info: Registration For This Event Has Closed

Location: Online, via Zoom

Event Summary: Click here

Adoptee Hub is pleased to present the third part of our Birth Search Series - showcasing a panel of adoptees who have reunited with their birth families through various searching methods. They will discuss emotional responses, as well as what to expect if a reunification were to happen.

Birth Search 101 Session 2: Follow up

Saturday
Apr 25, 2020
2:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Additional Info: This Is A Free Event. Duration 2 Hours

Location: Online

Event Summary: Click here

The second session of our Birth Search seminar will focus on adoptee questions and comments. If you have questions regarding the information that is given, please write them down and you will have a chance to ask them during this session.

If you wish to share your own birth search story, this is the time and place to do so.

Registration for the first event will automatically sign you up for both events.

Birth Search 101 Session 1 - Introduction

Saturday
Apr 18, 2020
2:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Additional Info: This Is A Free Event. Duration 1-2 Hours

Event Summary: Click here

Adoptee Hub is pleased to present an educational series on the Birth Search process. The first session will focus on the process of starting and executing a birth search.

Searching for your biological family can be daunting for people who don’t know where to start or are unsure of the questions that need to asked. The process is different for every adoptee but there are common steps that most adoptees follow Adoptee Hub will provide guidance on the steps to follow and which organizations to partner with in your search.

If you are thinking of searching or in the process of a birth search, this event may be of assistance. Please join us as our Chief Executive Officer provides guidance and tips on how to conduct a birth search.

Please note that this is an informational session ONLY. Follow up questions will be addressed at the next session.

RSVP REQUIRED: Adoptee Hub is using a Zoom meeting for this event. Registration using your email is REQUIRED (preferably your Zoom email address).

Adoptees Count! 2020 Census Campaign

The 2020 Census is underway! You will receive your forms by April 1, 2020 and will have until April 15, 2020 to return the form. Participation is required by law. An accurate count is critical for our community since the results will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

When completing the census, it is important to write in ’Other Asian – Korean Adoptee’ and nothing else.

DO NOT write in ’KAD’ or anything else. Nobody from the census office will understand the acronym.

A unified response will allow Korean adoptees to be recognized and counted, allowing for the possibility for more funding to be allocated to organizations that support our community.

Online Campaign for Adoptee Citizenship Adoptees for Justice and Adoptee Hub

Adoptee Hub believes all American adoptees have a right to be a U.S. Citizen. Please support the inclusion of the deported adoptee community in the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019. This petition is in partnership with Adoptees For Justice.

Adoptee Hub supports Adoptees for Justice in asking people to sign a petition that urges U.S. legislators and the adoptee community to support the inclusion of the deported adoptee community in the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019.

Reason: Due to a loophole in the Childhood Citizenship Act of 2000, U.S. citizenship may not have been secured for these individuals born before 1983 and were adopted into this country as children by U.S. citizen parents.

Resolution: If passed, the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 will grant automatic citizenship retroactively to adoptees who were not naturalized by their adoptive parents.

To sign the petition:

Supporting the 2019 Adoptee Citizenship Act Adoptees for Justice and Adoptee Hub

Friday
Feb 28, 2020
1:00 AM CST

Audience: Community

Other Date Info: 2020/10/12

Location: Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Thanks to Josh and Chao at Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s office (D MN-4) for meeting with us this morning about the 2019 Adoptee Citizenship Act, MN leadership on immigration reform, and the importance of reaching across the aisle. We hope to work together to protect the rights of thousands of Minnesotan adoptees whose families were formed through international adoption.

2019 Events

Adoptee Citizenship Panel Be part of the discussion on one of the most important issues facing international adoptees today, citizenship.

Saturday
Dec 07, 2019
3:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Community

Location: Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55103

Event Summary: Click here

Adoptee Hub and Adapted Podcast invite you to be part of the discussion on one of the most important issues facing international adoptees today, citizenship. There are several thousand individuals adopted internationally by American citizens between 1948 and 2016 that may not have received their U.S. citizenship and who face many barriers including possible deportation.

Today, many live in fear because of an immigration loophole and its subsequent fix that has still not protected all adoptees. Come hear more about the issue, proposed bipartisan bills in Congress, and what resources are available.

Panelists: Greg Luce, attorney, Adoptee Rights Law Center
Leah, impacted adoptee
Taneka Jennings, adoptee rights advocate, Adoptees For Justice

Moderator: Kaomi Goetz, Adapted Podcast

Found in Korea An adoptee movie, in partnership with Adoptee Hub.

Saturday
Nov 02, 2019
3:00 PM CST

Audience: Adoptees, Family, Friends, Community

Additional Info: Tickets Additionally Sold At Door. Silent Auction, Drawings, And Giveaways.

Location: Mounds View Community Center, Mounds View, MN

Event Summary: Click here Watch

Adoptee Hub invites you to a private showing of “Found in Korea”, an adoptee produced film. The producer will be here from New York to discuss her film. Discussion will include a dinner and dialogue along with trained facilitators. This will provide a safe and comfortable place to share personal adoption stories.

The film begins after 35 years, Korean adoptee Nam Holtz, an actress and dancer, returns to her birth country.