Going To Wonderland

For anyone who has not yet read here at http://www.anyadiary.com it is recommended for all and a must for adopters in their learning, adoptees of all ages and any other non-adoptees who are, as they say in adoptionland, ‘touched by adoption’.
What happens when all that is familiar disappears…when everything you see, taste, smell, feel, hear….is suddenly gone and lost to the other side of the world?
Enter the world of An-Ya and Her Diary…
An-Ya and Her Diary chronicles the journey of an 11 year old adoptee from China. Written in diary format, young An-Ya reveals her emotional journey as she is catapulted from a Chinese orphanage into a middle class home in America. The diary, into which she journals, was the only item left with An-Ya when she was found as an infant. For 11 years An-Ya has left the diary blank as she patiently waited in China for her biological family to return. Ultimately, after her adoption to America, she feels compelled to write her story down. Inside her diary she strives to connect the two severed worlds in which she has lived. An-Ya’s story is one of incredible loss, filled with painful transitions and longed for hope.

The book opens the way for so much more and the Project is something all readers will benefit from looking into. There are some publications which advance our knowledge of adoption and the adopted life and others which are indispensable – this is one of the later and should be on all reading lists and recommended books on adoption.
It is an exciting time to be an adult adoptee. It seems we are finally out of the closet – out, loud and proud as I often say. The number of books, films, events and ‘happenings’ increase by the day and it is truly inspirational to see the progress being made by adoptees in carving out a new understanding, new definitions of adoption and in talking the talk, cutting the BS and telling it how it really is in our real world of adoption, where adoption is lived day by day, minute by minute. There are great things ahead.
It remains to be seen how accurate this publication is. I haven’t read it or purchased it and won’t do so until it is available on Kindle. I judge how historically ‘correct’ a publication is by whether my tiny era is included, the era of ‘The Invisible Australians’. At least two of the authors here have been known to ignore or diminish the importance of this time. We’ll see …….

The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption (Monash University Publishing).


5 thoughts on “Going To Wonderland

  1. I worry that each generation of adult adoptees will continue to be silenced, and people will keep saying “things are different now than when you were adopted.” People continue to blame a “bad experience” no matter how many say the same thing.

    • Thanks for your comment. From what I see and read about young adoptees and those who are involved with them I believe and hope that they will not be silent.They have plans to become lawyers and legislators in order to change what needs changing. They seem hopeful and optimistic. Some have the opportunity to confront the things we didn’t , earlier and more thoroughly. I am hopeful things will change, but change takes time, patience and often generations, to achieve. I have just seen ‘The Butler’ and have been reminded that change can happen even if sometimes it seems slow and imperfect.

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