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Episode 5: The Culture of the Black Barbershop

Does darkening the door of a black barbershop seem like an act of desecration to you? Pastor Michael Thomas talks about the black barbershop experience and provides encouragement for adoptive parents who want to do right by their African American son. Articles and essays about the black barbershop: "5 black barbers on why barbershops are sacred spaces," The Fader, October 23, 2017 "The power and politics of the black barbershop," The Fader, October 11, 2017 "10 things you need to know about...


Ep 4: Gas in the Tank—Giving Your Kids the Drive to Succeed

Like it or not, our lives are shaped by the expectations of others—both positively and negatively. Just ask Dr. Jessica Chandler Growing up in rural Mississippi, she was the daughter of a single mom, and had many obstacles to overcome. But the values and beliefs of family gave this African American woman the inner drive and conviction to persevere. Now let's listen to her story.


Ep 3: Finding comfort in one’s skin—A South Korean adoptee’s journey to accepting her ethnicity

We each have a story of who we are and where we came from. For thirty-something Mattea Dibble it’s been more of a choose-your-own-adventure. Mattea was adopted from a South Korean orphanage at around 6 months of age and grew up in a small town in Washington State that was the next best thing to Mayberry. A recent trip to South Korea helped Mattea in coming to terms with her ethnicity and “her people”, but it’s also cemented her identity as Korean American. Show Notes: Korean American...


Episode 2: The Culturally Competent Adoptive Parent

Seventeen years ago, Professor and licensed clinical social worker, Betsy Vonk, created a list of 39 recommendations for how adoptive parents could improve racial awareness, help their adoptive children connect with their culture, and develop survival skills for themselves and their children. Professor Vonk and I discussed her research, whether she would add anything to her list today, and what resources she recommends, especially for adoptive parents of children from Asian descent. Below...


Episode 1: DNA, Adoption and Identity

Professors Anita Foeman and Bessie Lawton discuss the DNA Discussion Project and their work helping people discover who they truly are. Show Notes: The DNA Discussion Project at West Chester University The National Geographic, “There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-up Label”, April 2018 My GenCove: Take control of your own DNA data


Intro Episode: Peaking Inside the Bag – MB001

A few words on who I am, what this podcast is about and why I’m doing it.