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The AdopTree Project: Exploring Asian Adoption Narratives

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Join us for a screening and discussion of three short films on Asian adoption in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month.

We will be screening:

Opening the Bird Cage, an experimental short documentary by Stephanie Flood, a Filipino-American adoptee, about her personal journey into her adoption and reunion in her birth country. Although the narration is minimalistic, Flood uses video and photo collage to tell her story.

Left on Lockett Lane by Jonathan Reinert, an autobiographical short film about being adopted, growing up in the Midwest and learning what it means to be Asian American. The film was created for Jonathan Reinert’s Master’s thesis in Asian American Studies at UCLA. It sheds light on the complex and dynamic social and cultural challenges facing interracial adoptees. Left on Lockett Lane was awarded official selection in the 2010 Los Angeles Visual Communications Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Searching for Go-Hyang by Tammy Chu, a film tracing the return of twin Korean American adoptees to Korea after a 14-year absence. The film is a rare feminist look at the issues of transracial and transcultural identity. Searching for Go-Hyang won Best Student Video from the New England Film and Video Festival and has been screened in many prestigious venues, such as the International Asian American Film Festival and on PBS’s Asian American Heritage Month broadcast.

We will also be presenting the AdopTree Project, which is an interactive display highlighting the stories of various members of the adoption community and providing a space for you to participate in the dialogue. The Adoptree Project will be on display from Monday, November 5th through Friday, November 16th in the Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Terrace.

Connect with us through our Twitter page and watch out for the hash tag #AdopTree!

The Asian American Student Success Program is coordinating this event in collaboration with Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. (BKA) and Filipino Adoptees Network (FAN).

Please email us at or call 617.287.3826 for more information.

Anyone requiring disability-related accommodations in order to fully participate in this event should go to and complete the request form.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.