Kevin Minh Allen of misplaced baggage is angry about a series of articles about adoption from Vietnam. He has two basic reasons: the exclusion of adult adoptee or birth parent dissent from the discussion and the promotion of adoptees-owe-us-gratitude thinking:
These quotes represent a major hurdle in facilitating the equitable distribution of voices that should add color to the bigger adoption picture. As I see it, too much deference is shown to adoptive parents, including their interests, their needs and their troubles. As long as the media only focus on one group within the adoption community, the public will remain unaware of the myriad stories out there and start believing that only certain people have anything to say about adoption.
Then there's this regrettable quote he spots from an adoptive parent:
The difference in lifestyle and opportunity was evident by comparing Emily to her twin sister who resided with her birth family. Emily enjoys hearty meals, a generously-sized wardrobe, a good education and the chance to join in extracurricular activities such as dance, choir and sports. In contrast, her sibling lived with parents toiling to buy enough clothes for everyone in the family and put food on the table.
He contacted the reporter to arrange to offer a different view — which apparently ended badly, in a manner he'll hopefully describe soon. Read the whole thing. It's angry. But as I've said before, adoptees have no obligation to make adoptive parents feel good about adoption.
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