Updated: Introducing Some of the Land of Gazillion Adoptees Magazine Team!


As previously mentioned, our lovely blog will be undergoing a facelift.  Toward the end of this summer, the blog will become a full fledged monthly magazine simply called Land of Gazillion Adoptees Magazine.  It will be subscription based, include ads, be interactive, and, most importantly, will offer news, perspectives, insights, commentary, and research from some of the best in the adoption community.  The current members of the magazine team, which is nearly complete, are listed below.  Impressive, yes?

So, are you ready to hop on the LGA Magazine train?  Would you like to become a magazine partner by giving seed funding to help us cover overhead (website, travel funds for interviews, film for photo/video essays, etc.)?  Would you like to advertise?  If so, please feel free to contact Kevin Haebeom Vollmers: kostvollmers@gmail.com.

Editors: Shelise Gieseke and Kevin Haebeom Vollmers

Arts/Entertainment: Jared Rehberg


Columnists: David Amarel, Martha Crawford, Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy, Ascelefech Evans, Shannon Gibney, Susan Devan Harness,  Laura Klunder, and Fang Lee.

Film Essays: John Sanvidge (covering New York)


Literature: Katie Hae Leo


Photography Essays: Suzi Pratt (covering Seattle)


Podcasts: Kevin Haebeom Vollmers

Podcast Jingle: Mayda


Twin Cities Food: Thomas Kim and Kat Melgaard


Research, Policy, and Legislation: JaeRan Kim, Kit Meyers, and John Raible

Video Interviews: Marissa Borst and Joyce Maguire Pavao

Webmaster: Aron Spiess


Web Designer: Heewon Lee


April is Adoption Awareness Month in Minnesota!

IMG_3705Well, not really.  However, there is A LOT going on here in the lovely State of Minnesota this month.  Check it!

JaeRan Kim+Families With Children From Asia Midwest+LGA

April 7, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm; Topic: “What types of post adoption services are needed?”

Drawing from her years of work in adoption, JaeRan, aka, Harlow’s Monkey, will share her thoughts about the current needs of adoptees, kids in foster care, and adoptive families and what types of post adoption services could be put into place to address the needs.

RSVP here!

Ridiculously Overtly Dramatically Misleading Film Stuck

April 24th, 7:00 pm, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Filmmakers Attending

Stuck is an award-winning documentary film that uncovers the real-life stories of children and parents navigating a roller coaster of bureaucracy on their journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation – and sometimes heartbreak. Through the lens of personal, real-life stories the film asks how the global community can take care of these children, safeguarding them from the very real dangers of child trafficking and corruption while also answering their need to move from institutions into loving homes and a normal life. (D: Thaddaeus Scheel, USA, 2013, 82 min)

(Kevin Vollmers is SO looking forward to engaging the filmmakers because the Stuck folks are SO interested in hearing what adoptees, or should I say “orphans”, have to say. *eye roll*)

Approved for Adoption Gets Its Minnesota Premiere

April 25th, 7:15 pm, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Jung, a 42-year-old cartoonist, is one of the many adopted Koreans spread around the world who elect to perform a reconciliatory trip to their country of birth. Jung decided to return to South Korea in order to breathe the air of his home country, tread the land of his ancestors, and maybe find traces of his biological mother. Shot as a documentary, this trip leads Jung to recall – through animation – the child he once was and the winding path that made him grow up. (D: Jung, Laurent Boileau, Belgium/France/South Korea, 2012, French, 70 min)

And much, much more!

What Happens When Adoptive Parents Have Conversations With Adoptees?


photoWhat happens?  Good discussions, just like last night at the Families With Children From Asia Midwest/Land of Gazillion Adoptees Coffee and Conversation with Eric Sharp of Mu Performing Arts.  Eric talked extensively about the thriving Minnesota theater scene, and the generally casual conversation turned a bit lively during a discussion about race.  All in all, it was a fantastic conversation, and the organizers look forward to the next two events, which will feature JaeRan Kim, aka, the artist formerly known as Harlow’s Monkey, and the fabulous Shannon Gibney.

If you’d like to sign up for the next two events, you can do so here.  If you want to check out Eric’s current production, go here.  If you want good baked goods, go here.