Better Late than Never

Saturday 30th October 2021

By Claire, Kate, Sue & Debbie. Picture by supplied by Serena and Kate

This year’s first face to face UK HKAN reunion in simply forever was at the Foundling Museum in beautiful Bloomsbury.  Our Zooming is great, it really is: seeing sisters and brothers across the world, comparing notes, taking in both personal news and touching on global events, Covid comparisons, talks, laughter and learning, all that.  But seeing each other and hugging safely for the first time was wonderful.

Kate always comes up with the most magnificent icebreakers and Saturday’s was particularly special.  We each had a list of adoptees and had to find each one and ask what she’d started doing and what she’d stopped doing recently.  It meant we got up and circulated, and found out things we didn’t know about each other and reminded ourselves how amazingly resourceful we all are.  It was significant how many had retired and were embarking on creative and exciting projects.  Rock choir.  How cool is that?  The CHAPS (Companions, Husbands And Partners/Siblings, and of course, photographers) had their own little icebreaker which was similar to ours but with the intriguing question about the word Foundling.  A few of us had experienced Covid in our families and some of the new ventures we’d undertaken were because of Lockdown.  Some of it was for a good cause and some of us sold produce, crafts and paintings to swell our coffers a little to afford venues and to support projects back in Hong Kong, particularly the Home of Loving Faithfulness for those with special needs.  It was founded by Aunty Val and Aunty Wendy who looked after Linda when she was in Shatin.  It’s so touching that sales of her delicious produce are supporting those that supported her.

Kate wasn’t the only one getting us to fill out forms.  Julia Feast gave us all a survey to complete about whether our attitudes to searching for birth relatives has altered since we participated in the 2013 study, which will support her PhD on the subject, entitled Curiosity and Opportunity.  Julia remembers well during the BCAS study how many of us reported at the time that it was not something we gave much thought to partly because searching wasn’t an option as information about our origins did not exist. Some of us were categorically told not to bother even trying to find our families because, with no registered birth name or records, we couldn’t even get off first base.  Julia asked us about our reaction to the use of the word Foundling as opposed to Abandoned. An interesting discussion followed. The majority of us on the receiving end of such a concept agreed that we much preferred the former: Foundling -indicating Left to be Found is psychologically a much kinder expression reflecting the feeling that our original families, as far as we knew, had no choice about letting us go and took great care to ensure we were left in a safe place, indeed to be rescued as soon as possible.  

Those still facing barriers to finding their adoption records were supported by those of us who had succeeded and we’ll no doubt be calling on our dear friends on the ground in Hong Kong for advice.

Our other guest was Peng Wenlan, an esteemed documentary maker, journalist and writer.  She came to propose that we consider applying for financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund on the basis that our very unusual start in life and the circumstances that brought us to the UK amounted to a unique moment in British History.  Off the back of success with campaigning for recognition of the Chinese Labour Corps (the Chinese men shipped over during the First World War to dig and clear the trenches for British Forces and their allies) and an account of the Chinese in Bengal, Wenlan suggested that our legacy for our children could be a documentary about our story.  Generally, we felt that we had come a long way since earlier attempts to relate our tale and this could be an opportunity for us to tell it in our own way.

We had our usual knees up in a nearby pub: an opportunity to catch up even more on what was happening with everyone and how we all survived the Lockdown.  We could probe further the discoveries during the icebreaker exercise and enjoy each other’s company after such a long break.  Never mind that we celebrated our 10thAnniversary Reunion a year on: better late than never!

UK HKAN would like to Thank the following:

The Foundling Museum for being so welcoming for providing a lovely room for our meeting. https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/

NSUN for making this possible by awarding a Grant earlier in the year https://www.nsun.org.uk/projects/our-grants/side-by-side-fund-grantee-profiles/

Go to Our Grants, Previous Grants, Side by Side Fund Grantee Profiles

Julia Feast who took valuable time out of her PhD

Peng Wenlan an esteemed documentary maker, journalist and writer

Kate & Sue for their commitment & energy to make these reunions happen and there endless patience with me (Debbie)

Linda Fawcett who brought a Christmas Cake in for us all to taste

And last of all, for all of those who attended and helped to make this a special occasion as we celebrated a belated 10th Anniversary of this group coming together.

Debbie

Reunion Feedback

UKHKAN 10th Anniversary Reunion – Foundling Museum – 30 October 2021: Feedback 

  • Thank you so much. Wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed the Foundling Museum.
  • Lovely room and enjoyed the museum. 
  • Lovely to see everyone. Yes to a documentary, our stories need to be told and put into history. 
  • Renewed interest in possibly tracing birth mother (I have her name).  Passing on info to my children’s generation about my heritage + other adoptees. Adoptees of my children’s generation have similar questions about identity that our group have been seeking. 
  • It was great to reconnect in person after months of isolation + lockdown.
  • Friendly supporting environment. Lovely ladies!
  • Great to hear other people’s experiences. 
  • Totally energised by the warmth, enthusiasm + openness of your group. 
  • Love that there are new ideas/initiatives – stimulating, empowering.
  • I’ve found it a fantastic experience being with everyone again.
  • Further study for our Hong Kong Group in relation to giving our children an insight to our history. 
  • Great to meet face to face again.  Would be interested in participating in a documentary. 
  • Supportive network. 
  • Would benefit the group becoming a charity – help us to connect more.
  • Really amazing to meet these fantastic adopted women for the first time. 
  • So good to meet in person after lockdown. Especially good to see Julie Feast who I think has always championed for us.
  • Welcoming warm and friendly. Supportive and informative. Moving. 
  • It was just great to be back physically and see our sisters and new sisters. 
  • Icebreakers are good always but today’s was particularly effective because we were able to get to know each other better. 
  • Today was very informative.  It was great to spend today with the group.  It’s good to bounce ideas off other people which I found very helpful. Thank you.

HKAN Mid-Autumn Reunion Sunday 26th September 2021

This was a reunion with a difference. Chris Toy had volunteered in the previous reunion to demonstrate how to cook a typical Chinese dish.  This idea was received with great enthusiasm, an offer we could not refuse.

The meeting was started promptly as those who were cooking along with Chris had their broth on the stove and ingredients prepared and ready to go.  A list of ingredients and method had been sent to all the participants in advance, so that we could all purchase all the necessary ingredients and prepare.  See below.

Chris started off by telling us that the Chinese Wonton translation is that they are like floating clouds, because they float in the soup.  Chris showed us the many kinds of broths one could use if you didn’t want to make your own.

He told us that ginger, garlic, and scallions (spring onions) are the 3 main base ingredients in Chinese cooking, and he showed his expertise in using a meat cleaver. He demonstrated how to smash the garlic and ginger, and how one uses the knuckles to stop the cutting off one’s fingers.  Oooch!  In making the wonton filling, Chris said that one can add further ingredients such as chillies for those who like it hot. Shrimps can be added to the chopped/minced pork and even soya sauce. (Or for vegans one can substitute with vegetables etc).

Chris used a baseball metaphor to describe how he folded the wonton wrapper around the wonton filling.  He placed the wonton wrapper like a baseball diamond – the bottom is Home base and working anticlockwise Base 1, the top being Base 2, and Base 3 on the right.  During his demonstration he showed us 3 ways to fold the wrapper – as a triangle, a Bishop’s hat, and the latter, where he turned up the ends like ears and twists.  I think the latter is one that would take a little practice.

Those who cooked along with Chris were able to sample their own creations, leaving those that had opted to watch feeling very hungry! 

We had time at the end to ask Chris a few questions such as how to best store garlic and ginger.

Serena then did the group screen shot and a 10-minute break was called.

On our return we went into Breakout rooms. The theme for discussion was what food memories were triggered by cookery demo and one person was elected to speak on behalf of each group when we came back.

There was a very short discussion on the practicalities and ideas of a Book Club, which Chris had mentioned at the previous meeting.  As time was running out it was put to everyone to give their ideas direct to the committee for next time.

A request was to try and fix up another international reunion before the Christmas break and it was left to be considered.

Debbie thanked both Kate & Sue who arranged the reunion. 

A big Thank You to Chris and for everybody who attended.

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Chris’ recipe: Basic Wonton Soup 

Serves 4 

Shopping list

2 quarts (2 litres) broth * Use prepared chicken or vegetable broth made from bouillon or stock cubes/powder, but you can use your grandmother’s secret recipe!

½ ounce dried sliced mushrooms – fresh can be used as well.

20 wonton wrappers * Remove the wonton wrappers from the fridge ten minutes before you intend to use them, to allow them to warm up.

(Seal and freeze unused wrappers or make extra wontons and freeze them for later!)

¼ lb. ground pork or favorite ground/chopped protein meat/seafood/vegan

1 clove fresh garlic crushed and minced (1 teaspoon of paste garlic is fine)

1 teaspoon fresh ginger crushed and minced (paste ginger is fine)

1 cup sliced bok choy/Pak choi or napa cabbage

2 scallions (spring onions) or chives minced (finely chopped)

¼ cup of water in a shallow cup or bowl – for sealing wontons

Instructions

Note: For the cooking class have the broth ready and simmering in a large pan.

1.                 Place dried sliced mushrooms in simmering broth.

2.                 Make wonton filling by combining ground pork crushed garlic, and crushed ginger in a bowl. 

3.                 Place a wonton wrapper so it looks like a baseball diamond with you sitting behind home plate.

4.                 Wet around the baselines with the water.

5.                 Place a teaspoon of the filling in the center, where the pitcher’s mound would be.

6.                 Bring home plate up to second base, folding the wrapper into a triangle, enclosing the filling, and seal the edges.

7.                 Bring the simmering broth to a rolling boil and drop the wontons in one at a time and cook for 1 minute.

8.                 Add and stir in the bok choy for 1 minute.

9.                 Squeeze the minced scallions and stir them into the soup.

10.             Serve immediately

SKILL SHARE

There are many different skills among HKAN members.   Chris has

demonstrated his cookery skills but what talent do you have that

you’d like to share?  Even if you don’t want to do a practical demo,

you could talk about your hobby or interest, maybe accompanied

by some photographs.  You can take anything from 4 to 40 minutes.

DIY          SEWING           DRAWING        SINGING

PHOTOGRAPHY              DANCING        WRITING

GARDENING            KNITTING        MODEL MAKING

DOG GROOMING      MECHANICS            TRAVEL

You name it – we want to hear about it

Chris Toy Demonstration Video

This is a big file so please be patient for it to download no more than about 10 mins

https://download.wetransfer.com/eugv/35bbb283a72bdd74dee5648beefbccc020210927200821/c6eb2429b16bcd5b08ed6f02024795dc25a94f2a/zoom_0.mp4?token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.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.4lq41f3Hu8Z8__St2b9G-Cove-oyGefi6sbeDvb8ekQ&cf=y

UK HKAN HOSTED AN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER REUNION ON SATURDAY 10TH JULY

Written by Sue Jardine

For those who have attended previous online reunions, the joining process will now be familiar – that of your arrival being announced by Debbie to those already on the call. This is usually followed by greetings to one another as you are spotted in the “room” and often a call out of “What’s the weather like where you are?!” Responses can be quite varied because of the international nature of this gathering. This meeting brought together HKAN members who live in the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.

The meeting opened with a Welcome to everyone, especially those who either had to stay up very late or get up very early to be with us. The big news for the meeting was that our application for a grant from NSUN has been successful. This will support us to continue to have our online meetings and, all being well, to organise our first face to face meeting in the autumn, which will take place in London.

Attendees of this, our Summer reunion, were invited to share photos or images related to the theme of “my relationship/attitude to Hong Kong”. Kate talked about how her relationship to Hong Kong has changed over time and she shared photos she had taken when visiting Hong Kong and the special meaning they had for her. Debbie had selected photos, which were taken from slides she has cleaned and digitised, from a collection on loan to her by Mary Ogden’s son. Mary Ogden was a nurse at Fanling Babies Home (FBH) in 1955.The photos included activities such as a child having a haircut, and the older girls doing everyday tasks of supervising toddlers whilst on their potties, feeding the babies and preparing vegetables for a meal. Serena bought Hong Kong to life by showing us some of her wonderful paintings which were inspired by her visits there. These were scenes depicting Big Buddha, Hong Kong harbour, Hong Hong’s distinctive skyline, street life and the trams near Happy Valley Race course.

Following the presentations breakout rooms were set up to enable small group conversations and the opportunity to get to know other members of the network. 

The last part of the meeting was given to free discussion. A couple of suggestions worth noting were:

*New* Book and the idea of setting up a book club

 Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu, 2020

Cooking tip and an exciting offer of an online cookery lesson for our next international meeting.

Use refined avocado oil when using a wok. In high-heat cooking it has a very high smoke point of at least 400ºF.

As is often the case, final comments before the close of the meeting were about food!

 Another fantastic reunion.

It was great to see everyone and a big Thank You to our presenters, to the organisers, and to all of you for making our time together engaging and fun.

Thank you to Members

Whilst Covid-19 has been a time of uncertainty and difficulty for many people & families,  it has presented a unique opportunity for HKAN.  We have proven that when faced with no other choice, we can adapt in how we use ‘Technology’.

Whilst face to face reunions will never replace the fantastic International and UK Zoom meetings it has given all of us a chance to connect with each other from all over the world even juggling the different times but we got there!

Personally I would like to Thank Kate who has the wonderful skills of bringing these meetings together, Sue for her eye for details, our speakers and to all the participants that have made these Zoom meetings possible.  (And keeping me right!).

UK HKAN hosted an International Spring reunion held on Saturday 24th April

The Zoom link was only sent to people who accepted the email invitation – to ensure that only members of the Hong Kong Adoptee Network can access our online reunions.  This helps ensure a safe and private environment where participants are confident to share their stories, thoughts and feelings.   

Kate and Sue Welcomed everybody to the meeting.

Guest Speaker:  Meaghan GILBERT (Chiu Oi-Yan) relating the history of Muriel TONGE, Supervising Nurse of St. Christophers’ Orphanage, Hong Kong.

Meaghan commenced her presentation by explaining how her life was changed during her adventures in China and after obtaining her records from the Social Services in HK.

On her return back home and with the help of media attention she was able to contact Muriel TONGE (nee KITCHEN), who sent her the Book ‘The Banquet: My Grandma’s Memories of China’, by Emily FOSTER.

For those who have not read this book briefly: Muriel KITCHEN, was born to Christian Missionary parents in China and lived during the turmoil of: battling warlords, the Japanese invasion, and the rise of Chinese Communism.  She obtained a nursing degree in Canada, where she married Walton TONGE before she returned to China with her new husband.  They were eventually expelled from China by the Communist regime and they settled in Hong Kong, where Muriel worked as the Supervising Nurse at St. Christophers’ Orphanage (from 1958 – 1962)

Muriel always said that she hated the word ‘Abandoned’ in relation to children in her care and preferred the term ‘Re-Gifted Children’, I am sure we can all resonate with that.  She also said that: ‘where you start in life does not have to determine where you belong’.

In the Circle of Life we are all connected

What is remarkable is that in 1947 Muriels’ mother who was on a plane that caught fire, she took hold one of the babies and jumped out of the plane but unfortunately only the baby survived.  Several years later when Meaghan was in China she located the Sole Survivor of that plane and was able to connect Muriel with the survivor.

We were all treated to the wonderful 8mm video footage that Muriel had given to Meaghan because miraculously she is in this clip.  To see oneself at a such a tender age was very emotional as so many of us do not have anything of our earlier life. 

It was fascinating and a very moving presentation from Meaghan so a big Thank You.  There were many questions asked after the breakout rooms to allow Meaghan to have a breather as it was quite emotional and a personal account

This Presentation was recorded with the consent of Meaghan and can be found in ‘Members’ Presentations, because of the personal nature of Meaghan’s presentation, we want to ensure it is viewed by HKAN members only. Therefore, an extra layer of security has been put into place, which requires authorisation from Debbie before it can be accessed.

Step 1

Please check you have set up the following as you will need these to access the presentation

  • HKAN personal password – to Login the Members Area
  • Protected Presentations password – request from Debbie
  • Gmail account (free) – to gain authorisation to view the presentation

Screenshots were taken before we were split into smaller groups and sent to Breakout rooms which allowed us all to catch up and talk to different people.

Then by magic we were all then transported back to the main group where a general discussion took place and questions could be asked to Meaghan.

At the end Kate did her Survey which is quite interesting to see the results of why we want this group and what we get out of it. 

Debbie closed the meeting Thanking both Kate and Sue for organising the International Zoom Meeting, A special Thank you to Meaghan our guest speaker and all the participants to make this successful.

UKHKAN Reunion Saturday 20th March 2021

Having hosted two online international meetings of the Hong Kong Adoptee Network, we felt it was about time we held a meeting for the UK network.  The meeting was open to UK ‘ex-pats’ living in Hong Kong and in other parts of the world. 

Taking on board feedback from the two previous meetings, we eschewed speakers / presentations and opted for an ‘open space’ approach.  People had said they enjoyed the breakout rooms as it gave them an opportunity to meet and talk more intimately with other members.   After the first breakout which was a catchup period, we used Mentimeter Word Cloud to identify what topics people wanted to discuss in the second breakout.  

DNA was a popular topic with roots/birth family searching and records tracing also mentioned.  We set up 5 themed rooms with people able to join the room/s of their choice: Roots tracing -DNA; Roots tracing -using records; Roots tracing -other aspects; Identity & Belonging; Creating a shared database 

Some of the points that came out of the discussions: 

  • Difficulties experienced by people based on their Chinese/East Asian appearance – some amusing, some embarrassing, racist elements involved 
  • The impact of roots tracing on other family members 
  • A database capturing various pieces of information would enable commonalities to be identified and connections to be made. Participating would be entirely voluntary including the data fields and level of information.  A number of issues would need to be sorted out eg levels of access

In the wider discussion that followed the feedback, a suggestion was made for a mentoring scheme. There was also a query about whether UKHKAN had considered grants to enable people undergoing roots tracing to return to Hong Kong. It was explained that most funding bodies will only give grants to constituted groups with financial track record (audited accounts).  The National Lottery is organised into regions so can be difficult for national groups to fit into the scheme.  

We concluded the Reunion with a word cloud to find out how people were feeling: 

Chinese New Year Reunion (Online) Saturday 20th February 2021

Hello Sisters & Brothers! 

UKHKAN has just hosted the second online reunion on Zoom it had amazingly 62 participants who had registered. For these meetings it is necessary for people to register via Zoom – to ensure that only members of the Hong Kong Adoptee Network can access our online reunions.  This helps us ensure a safe and private environment where you can feel confident to share your stories, thoughts and feelings.   

The outline programme was:

  • Welcome 
  • Mentimeter 1
  • Amanda Baden and Kit  Myers – who presented their research, Going Back “Home”: Adoptees Share Their Experiences of Hong Kong Adoptee Gatherings
  • Breakout rooms
  • Claire Martin – will talk about her experience of featuring as a Long Lost Family story
  • Claire’s episode was broadcast on Monday 8th February, 9pm, ITV, UK. A link can be found in the members area.
  • Mentimeter 2

HKAN online reunions are closed sessions with attendance by invitation only – invitations are sent to everyone on our email databases. We do not advertise the meetings, and respectfully ask you not to share the Zoom link with others.  If you know any Hong Kong-born adoptees who you think would like to attend, contact Debbie on hkadoptees@btinternet.com

My sincere thank you to both Kate and Sue for their sterling work to bring this well run zoom meeting together, a thank you for our wonderful speakers and all of you who attended to make this possible. It really is a delight to see so many familiar and new faces from primarily US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. Although we have been unable to meet in person Zoom has allowed us to cast our net wider and connect up with many more people around the world so that is definitely a plus in these difficult times as, the world is trying to cope with the pandemic. I am sure we are all waiting for the day that we can meet our family, friends and travel again to get back to a new normal, in the meantime we will schedule a another International Zoom call soon.

Stay safe and well Debbie, Kate & Sue

Going back Home Adoptees share their experiences of Hong Kong Adoptee Gathering

by Kit Myers and Amanda Baden

Results of Mentimeter 1 & 2

Hong Kong Adoptee Network 10th Anniversary International Reunion (Online) Saturday 5th December 2020

In 2019, realising the 10th anniversary of the HKAN was approaching, we started putting out feelers for a venue in London and had had a few tentative conversations with several people who expressed interest in helping us out. 

But in early 2020, a virus started to spread across the world scuppering our plans … or so we thought.  With the advent of Zoom, an international reunion from the comfort of our own living rooms became a distinct possibility… and so it took place on Saturday 5th December. 

This event was a celebration of the first international reunion of Hong Kong-born adoptees which took place in our birth country in 2010, and the development of the Hong Kong Adoptee Network over the last decade. 

We invited 3 people who have played key roles in the Network’s growth to speak about their contributions. We heard from Kim Rogers, creator of the Fanling Babies website; Winnie Davies, Hong Kong artist who has provided practical support with the 2010 and 2015 Hong Kong Reunions as well as individual birth family searches; and Julia Feast who conducted the BAAF study into our cohort, and who has remained a good friend to the Network since.  Their presentations are in the Private Members Area

A Note from Debbie Cook, Founder of the UK HKAN Group

WOW this is marvellous to have the technology to be able to connect with you all like this 10 years ago I was still the broadband on dial up… it was an incredible slow pace.  Internet and emails had only just started to become more common and accessible if you had a reasonable provider!

The UK HKAN group has grown so much over the 10 years, we were all eager then to learn so much about each other as we probably had spent most of our childhood thinking we were the only ones and all of sudden we had developed an extended family of sisters and brothers who would’ve thought it!   

As you will see from the PowerPoint slideshow it takes you through the 10 years of what we have achieved so much, it really is incredible!  (I apologise in advance if I have missed any event out but it maybe because I didn’t have any pictures/details)

I’d like to thank a few people who have made this possible, firstly my mother who contacted Kim Rogers who had written the “Fanling Babies Home” Website with many of the pictures given by Mei Yan.  After a little persuasion I corresponded with Kim who enabled me to connect with some more adoptees here in the UK, Diana was the second person that I had met, she encouraged me to connect more and arrange our first reunion/gathering.  Can you believe it we actually had our first few reunions in Chinese restaurants in Manchester and Birmingham.  

In 2010 six of us went out to Hong Kong to attend the first Worldwide Adoptee Reunion where we met others from all corners of the world.  It was staggering.   

Around this time Julia Feast from BAAF who headed the study of the girls that had been adopted through the ISS World refugee project.  She will be speaking later about her involvement.  The timing couldn’t have been better, and we saw our group grow frighteningly fast.  The help we received from Julia was amazing…Thank you

I would like to thank Kate for her involvement since we got back from that first reunion in 2010 she has been there managing and chairing these wonderful UK HKAN reunions. One in London and the other Birmingham annually (I really only like to be in the background honest!) 

I would like to thank other adoptees who have stepped up and helped our reunions especially when we have been looking for venues free or at a minimal cost.  

Both Sue and Kate and have been working together to organise this zoom meeting (As I am not as knowledgeable with the latest computer software available). A BIG THANK YOU AS I AM SUDRE YOU WILL AGREE IT WAS A MAMMOTH TASK

I would like to especially thank our speakers Winnie from Hong Kong (it is in the middle of the night), Julia Feast from Ex BAAF and Kim Rogers writer of the “Fanling Babies Home” website.

Lastly, I would also like to thank each and every one of you for attending the meeting as a celebration of our 10 years.  

Note

Please find all relevant presentations for this meeting in Talks, Docs and More (or click on links below)

1). Winnie Davis Transcript

http://www.hkadopteesnetwork.com/uk/talks-docs-more-info/winnie-davies-transcript/

2). Julia Feast Presentation

http://www.hkadopteesnetwork.com/uk/talks-docs-more-info/julia-feast-presentation-dec-20/

3). Kim Rogers Presentation (password protected)

http://www.hkadopteesnetwork.com/uk/talks-docs-more-info/kim-r-adoptee-talk/

4) A celebration of slides covering 10 years since the formation of UK HKAN Group by Debbie Cook (password protected)

http://www.hkadopteesnetwork.com/uk/talks-docs-more-info/uk-hkan-10-year-anniversary-slides/

http://www.hkadopteesnetwork.com/uk/talks-docs-more-info/uk-hkan-10-year-celebration-slide-show-presentation/

‘Access to these documents will only be given to members of the HKAN and those with a legitimate interest in the topic. Access decisions are made by the administrators and are final’.

Please contact Debbie for these by emailing request to hkadoptees@btinternet.com

COVID-19 A message of support – We will get through this

Dear Members it is with great regret and sadness that we have had to cancel any reunions this year – it would have been our 10th anniversary!

These are unsettling times and COVID-19 is clearly impacting our personal and professional lives, and those that we love. I wanted to wish you, your loved ones and fellow colleagues safe passage through this difficult period.

Please take care, stay positive and find sometime for having fun and smiling. It is challenging operating under the current restrictions; however, I am confident we will get through this, together.

Going Back Home Adoptees share their experiences of Hong Kong Gathering

Research by Kit Myers, Amanda L. Baden & Alfonso Ferguson

(Please allow link to download as it comprises of about 33 pages.)

” Kit says, “He had learned a lot from everyone’s experiences and thoughts and are excited to be able to share that knowledge with other people, especially other HKADs, transnational adoptees, and the larger adoption community. The themes and takeaways that emerged from your experiences and insights will be beneficial for a lot of people. We sincerely thank all of the participants who helped make this study possible”. 

ABSTRACT

This mixed-methods study examines 20 adult Hong Kong Adoptees (HKADs) with an average age of 53.7years who attended a Gathering of HKADs in Hong Kong. It has three elements (pre- and post-Gathering surveys and an interview). All participants engaged in two of the three parts of the study, while 14 of those 20 participated in all three parts. Survey data for the HKADs revealed significantly increased comfort with their Hong Kong identities following the visit to Hong Kong. Interviews with 20 attendees yielded themes sur- rounding reasons for attending; experiences and emotions; and the challenges and benefits of the gathering and return- ing to Hong Kong.

http://www.hkadopteesnetwork.com/uk/talks-docs-more-info/going-back-home-adoptees-share-their-experiences-of-hong-kong-adoptee-gathering/