Madonna and Guy Ritchie and Mary Louise Parker are only the most recent in a spate of celebrities who have adopted children from Africa. Their children are also just the most visible of the thousands of transnational and transracial adoptees in the United States. In Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, adoptees have the chance to voice their opinions and experiences. This collection of 30 essays, research papers, personal narratives, and cultural criticism was compiled, as the dedication suggests, primarily for adoptees looking for guidance. But it's also a collection for adoptive parents and people who have no connection to adoption. Topics range from the economics of adoption, to adoptees returning to their country of birth, to struggles with issues of beauty and image. The pieces work together and with the accompanying visual art to create an intimate and revelatory reflection on race, class, gender, identity, and belonging. Sun Yin Shin, one of the book's three editors, discusses the work tonight.
Tue., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2007