I’m fascinated by reunion stories.
Primarily because adoptees in reunion are privy to the larger account of what creates orphans than the simple beneficient accounts we are told are the reasons.
Having had the privilege to edit many adoptee reunion stories and interview many adoptees about their reunions, I am struck by the truths that are revealed about culture, society, class, gender and state power differentials. But mostly I am struck by the dysfunction on the parts of ALL the actors on ALL sides. For me, striving to be a humanitarian, I question whether so much loss and suffering for so many is/was necessary – because to me dysfunction is human and no one is immune to it.
Adoptees in reunion, transracial adoptees in reunion, transnational adoptees in reunion – in the interest of progress, can you share your opinions on what humanitarian is and adoption’s place in the best interests of…..people….? And then offer suggestions?