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Nancy Kim Parsonsnancykimparsons_b

Nancy Kim Parsons is an adult Korean adoptee who grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Nancy’s love for storytelling began on stage and led her to the Yale School of Drama where she earned an M.F.A. in Acting. After moving to New York City she had the opportunity to Co-Produce the documentary film “Adopted”. Nancy is hoping “Adopted” will be a voice for the many different perspectives of adoptees and their families, but most importantly a vehicle to raise awareness, questions and provoke discussion on racism, identity and family.

 Nancy Kim Parsons Interview

 

Nancy Verrier

Nancy Verrier is the author of two books on adoption. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child was a groundbreaker in adoption literature. Her most recent book is Coming Home to Self: The Adopted Child Grows Up. Nancy Verrier is a psychotherapist who specializes in working with adoptees, birthmothers, and adoptive families. She is the mother of several adult adopted, biological, and step children.

Nancy Verrier interview Part I

Nancy Verrier Interview Part II

Kim Park Nelson

Kim Park Nelson is a scholar and educator of Korean adoption, Asian American Studies, American race relations, and American Studies. Between 2003 and 2006, she collected 73 oral histories from Korean adoptees in the United States and the around the world. She also developed and taught the first college course on Korean adoption in the United States. Her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Minnesota American Studies Department is titled “Korean Looks, American Eyes: Korean American Adoptees, Race, Culture and Nation.” In 2007, Kim put together an academic research symposium at The Gathering, a conference for Korean adoptees that is held every three years. She is an Assistant Professor of American Multicultural Studies at Minnesota State University at Moorhead.

Kim Park Nelson interview Part I

Kim Park Nelson Interview Part II

Sheila Ganz

Since its release in 2003, Unlocking the Heart of Adoption has touched many lives. Sheila Ganz—artist, playwright, and birthmother—had no training in filmmaking when she started this documentary which tells the stories of adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive parents. Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, has said about Unlocking the Heart of Adoption, “I wish everyone could see this film and learn from it. Adoption—and our culture—would certainly become more compassionate and enlightened if they did.” Sheila is currently working on a new documentary, Moms Living Clean.

Sheila Ganz interview

Ellen Herman1904 Orphan Train

Ellen Herman is a professor of modern U.S. history at the University of Oregon. She specializes in the human sciences, social engineering, and therapeutic culture. She created the website The Adoption History Project which is a resource for understanding adoption in the U.S. in the twentieth century.

Ellen’s book Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the Modern United States is forthcoming in Fall 2008.

Ellen Herman interview Part I

Ellen Herman interview Part II

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