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7 deep thoughts by KOV

1. This is one of the reasons why I hate Minnesota.

Seriously?!  It’s only September 14th!  Meh…

2. Jenny Town, whom we featured last week, is totally on fire.

She invites you to contact her (jtown2[at] if you have some advocacy ideas for Korean adoptees.  Jenny may have a high level, rather than grassroots, contact for you in Korea.

3. The following Indian adoptees are able to do something that I simply can’t.  Recently, a person asked me, “What would you tell the 8 year old version of yourself?”  I couldn’t respond.  So, I asked A.J. and Miriam via FB to get their perspective.

“be happy w/yourself.. u are unique an special. WORK HARD AND PLAY HARD! …Life is tough but u will be successful! ALSO, hang in there…” — Miriam Desifrau Gaenicke

“there is way more to the world, than just you and your thoughts and problems. don’t be too self -absorbed. gratitiude is one of the most important mindsets one can ever have. develop a habit and attitude of thankfulness. you cannot please everyone all the time. the sooner the learn this the happier in life you will be.” — A.J. Bryant

Sound advice.

4. Speaking of A.J. Bryant, his blog is ramping up again.

“I went to India to intern at Dalit Foundation and conduct research for my SRP. I began with the original goal of looking at how the Dalits were transforming their conflict with caste-Hindus into a new relationship. After being there for a while, I realized this was not really happening. Then I tried to look at how they were building peace with caste-Hindus. That unfortunately was not really occurring either.

Finally I recognized that the Dalits were “managing” their conflict with caste-Hindus, but that was the best they could do. My paper therefore was a mixture of a portrayal of the awful lives Dalits are subjected to by caste rules, observational research about Dalit Foundation’s work and structured interviews with Dalit leadership and activists.

I will try to explain protracted social conflict briefly. Essentially premised on a theory by Edward Azar, it’s based on four criteria which may be ingredients in protracted social conflict. 1) A highly communal society with one or two groups who feel their identities are more important than the rest. 2) A group or segment of the population that does not have its basic human needs met, both physical and developmental. 3) A state that is focused solely on one group at the expense of others and lastly, 4) a nation that has ties either economically or politically to another state which makes fulfilling basic needs of their marginalized populations difficult, if not impossible.” (Source)

What a rockstar!

5. Dawn Davenport is misleading her readers/listeners.  This article, which a friend sent to me, is manipulative.

“’South Korea Ending Child Export Shame’ read headlines this summer when South Korea passed new adoption legislation further limiting international adoption.  Other headlines were more subtle, but the gist was the same—proud capable countries should not send children abroad for international adoption.  Kim Dong-won, head of adoptions at the Korean Ministry of Health, summed up the sentiment in a 2008 interview ‘South Korea is the world’s 12th largest economy …, so we would like to rid ourselves of the international stigma or disgrace of being a baby-exporting country. It’s embarrassing.’ South Korea, the birth place of modern international adoption having sent 164,000 children abroad since 1958, once again is leading the way with international adoptions, and many countries and families are watching with interest to see if South Korea will phase them out completely.” (Source)

Creating A Family is not even close to be unbiased.

6. Joint Council On International Children’s Services (JCICS) extended the proposal deadline for their upcoming symposium.

“Joint Council on International Children’s Services is pleased to announce its 36th International Child Welfare Symposium (formally the Annual Conference & Medical Institute) to be held at The Conference Center located at 130 East 59th Street New York, New York on April 16-18, 2012. The theme for this year’s Symposium is: Serving Children. Uplifting Families. Worldwide…  

To be considered for inclusion in the Symposium, each person must complete and submit the Symposium Call for Proposals as well as the Medical Institute Call for Proposals. Please note that we have extended the deadline: All proposals must be emailed to Joint Council at by 5:00 PM on September 21, 2011. Proposals must be formatted according to the attached form and sent electronically in Word format. Please see the Symposium Call for Proposals as well as the Medical Institute Call for Proposals for more information.” (Source)

I wonder how many adoptees JCICS invited and how many adoptee presentations the organization, which represents adoption agencies, will accept?

7. I totally feel like a child for saying this, but I kind of miss my mom today.

Mom, if you’re listening, I want you to know that you’re the reason why I do what I do here at Land of Gazillion Adoptees.  Yeah.  It’s your fault for unleashing this ridiculous blog into the universe…and for that I thank you.

4 Comments on 7 deep thoughts by KOV

  1. I can bet the answer to #6 is ZERO! No need to hear from an adoptee – they might just ruin all the fun.

    • JCICS actually invited adoptees. How many? I’m sure a small number, but I know they did. In fact, a friend asked for me to go in on a presentation proposal. We’ll see if they accept the presentation…

      • I hope they do accept. Honestly do they actually believe that adoption guarantees happiness forever? That adult adoptees have serious ethical and moral concerns that have to be talked about? That PAPs won’t want to hear honest pro’s and con’s? Good luck with your proposal.

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