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October 6, 2011

Asian Adoptees Are Subject of Oct. 25 Lecture, Panel Discussion

Psychologist Amanda Baden to Discuss Adoptees and Identity in Teen Years

U.S. citizens began adopting children from other countries in substantial numbers after World War II. Since then, the majority of children adopted into U.S. families from overseas have come from Asian countries. Today, adoptees from Asia and their families constitute a significant segment of the U.S. population. Theirs is a community with a unique history that is beginning to be documented as part of the Asian-American experience.

The Library of Congress Asian Division and Asian American Association will sponsor a lecture and panel discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Room LJ 119, located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

Psychologist Amanda Baden of Montclair State University will open the program with a discussion of her research and clinical practice dealing with identity issues that adoptees from Asian countries have experienced in their teen and young adult years.

A panel discussion will follow, featuring Korean-American adoptee Kim Brown of Holt International Children’s Services; Filipino-American adoptee Marilyn "Tiya DK" Kirby, a Washington, D.C., artist; and Tara Linh Leaman, an African-Asian-American adoptee whose work with nonprofit organizations focuses on international and transracial adoption. Sandra McLaughlin of Bethany Christian Services, a Pennsylvania-based adoption agency, will introduce the panel. Terry Hong, former media arts consultant to the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, will moderate.

The program will benefit the Adoptee Archive of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Primary Holdings Initiative, opened in 2010. To complement the program, a display of items received by the archive, including artwork by Marilyn "Tiya DK" Kirby, will be on view Oct. 22-29 in the Asian Division Reading Room, located in LJ 150 of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Launched in 2008 and housed in the Library’s Asian Division, the AAPI Primary Holdings Initiative documents peoples living in the United States with origins in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands. The collection complements materials housed throughout the Library of Congress that support the study of Asian American Pacific Islander history. Some of those materials may be accessed online at www.loc.gov/rr/asian/aapi/.

The Library of Congress is a central repository for all types of Asian publications that are not broadly available at other locations in the United States. Initiated in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 934 volumes offered to the United States by the Emperor of China, the Library's Asian collection of more than 3 million items is the largest and most comprehensive outside of Asia. For more information about the division and its holdings, go to www.loc.gov/rr/asian/.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

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PR 11-192
10/06/11
ISSN 0731-3527

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