[ Foster Family ]

Posted on October 27th, 2011 at 12:51pm

I have been as curious about my foster family as much as I’d be interesting in root tracing my birth family. I even did a whole art project explore my foster family, on [Sock Bunnies] page.

After receiving my adoption papers last year, I’d followed up with HK social services asking if it might be possible to find out details of my foster family who I was with from 5months-12months. They were also an ex-pat family living and working in HK at the time, like my parents. Earlier this year they told me that they had sent a letter to my foster family’s last known address, but since they had not heard a replay in many months it was very likely that their address from the 1980’s would not be correct.

I was seriously disheartened. Before there always seemed like hope, but yeah, I felt sad that I prob. would never know.

As a last ditched attempted I phoned my parents, who had very briefly meet my foster family at the time, and asked them to dig deep into their memories for anything information even if tiny. They had always known the last name, Corby, which they told me long ago, but I’d never find anything fruitful from an Internet search in the past as without a first name is pretty difficult. However this time they remember what job my foster father had at the time.

So, having nothing to lose I spent a few days searching the internet for clues… for anything. I thought I might be on a lead, a possible first name. I came to the last company that this person might have worked for. I was scared but I wrote to what seemed like a dated old email, but wrote all the same.

How do you start an email like that!!!?

I basically started out along the lines of “Errrrr… don’t suppose…”.

The email bounced straight back. Sign. I only had one thing left to do, I emailed the company it’s self and asked if someone had worked for them with that name, though I made sure not to say why I was trying to find the person and to pass my details on if they did. They emailed me the very next day saying basically “Yes, here’s his email.” Ok this is the bit I feel bad about, cos there is a reason there is data protection, plus there was no way of knowing in the slightest it was the same guy.

After two weeks I gave up on the idea of getting a reply, and believed I’d had the wrong person. Then I woke up to find not one but two emails. The first saying that it was indeed my foster father. The second was from my foster sister, the one that had given me my name.

Since then I have been in contact with my foster mother, who now lives int he UK and stay in regular contact with my foster sister who still lives in Hong Kong!! I hope I’ll be able to meet them in person some day =D.

I found out how I got my name and have heard little stories here and there about my time with them. For me it was touching to know that even though I was only there for a short time but I was their family for that time and to know I wasn’t forgotten. For me, they now just feel like extended family and I’m glad to have them back in my life.

I feel like a weight has been lifted from me. I still continue to (slowly) search for my birth mother but I have find some peace.

Also my sockbunnies.com/about/ website page for my foster story and photos given to me by my foster family when I was adopted.

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[ Adopted Vietnamese International New Website ]

Posted on June 24th, 2011 at 8:00am

In my early twenties I started to put my feelers out into the adoption communities. I didn’t really know where to start… so an internet search was my first port of call, as I’ve always been a “child of the Internet” anyway. Even early 2000’s social networks and online resources aren’t as wildly used as they are today, so to stubble across Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) was quiet a find.

I tentatively emailed the founder, Indigo Willing, who was more then welcoming. She was the first real contact I’d had with another adult Vietnamese adoptee. For a few years after my initial contact, I kept in touch but I wasn’t as active in the group until, unsurprisingly, I got Facebook =P. And because of that I was in more regular contact with the VN adoptee community and in Feb. 2010 I was lucky enough to meet up with some of the UK Vietnamese adoptees for Tet (Vietnamese version of Chinese New Year).

In April 2010 it was the 35th university of the Fall of Saigon marking the end of the Vietnamese/USA War as well as Operation Baby Lift that air lifted many babies internationally from Vietnam. I contributed to other reflective writings by Vietnamese adoptees:

“To me the Vietnam War feels distance, just another war I learnt about in school. While I have no doubt that my adoption was the product of the Vietnam War, I feel that my adoption story is framed in the decade that followed…” (April 2010)  Continue reading at AVI website →

In 2011 Indigo was looking for help to update the AVI website. As it had originally been made in 2000 and not fundamentally been changed in a technical sense, I felt this was the perfect time to contribute to the AVI & VN adoptee community in a way I’ve always wanted to. It wasn’t until I started to sort though the pages that I realised what a wealth of information there was that wasn’t easy to find from the original website interface and was determined not to allow it to be hidden any longer!!

I redesigned, organised & consolidated down the HUGE original website into roughly 150 pages and 100 news posts. I improved the navigation and co-edited 100s of pages & posts with Indigo. It was completely rebuilt from the ground up!

I am relived & proud to annonce it is now live!!!! =D
www.adoptedvietnamese.org

I can not recommend enough you check it out to see views of adult adoptees, VN information/roots tracing guides, info on orphanages and more… it’s just brill!!! I can’t take credit for the information, as it’s come from the very generous VN adoption community.

 

 

Related External Links:

Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) website – www.adoptedvietnamese.org
AVI Facebook Community Page – www.facebook.com/AdoptedVietnameseInternational (Public)
AVI Facebook Group – www.facebook.com/groups/4501598968/ (Closed Group)
AVI Yahoo! email Group – groups.yahoo.com/group/adoptedvietnameseinternational/ (Closed Group)

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[ Self-Portrait ]

Posted on September 16th, 2010 at 2:20pm

I use to draw and paint more when I was younger. I miss drawing just for the fun of it with no deep mean or adoption theme. Just simply observing. While i do miss psychical creating art, i find it amazing what can be done purely on the computer. This is a little self-portrait.

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[ Physical vs. Digital ]

Posted on August 6th, 2010 at 10:40am

I’ve been working a lot on illustrations for Adopted the Comic a hell of a lot over the past two weeks. I bought a graphic tablet a number of months ago and finally getting to grips with it almost to the point where I can sketch/draw on it like on paper.

I’ve always loved the digital aspect of my artwork…. but there is a part of me that misses the physical aspect of art. I’ve been getting my head around the idea that if you do work purely digitally at may have a number of saved states and copies … Can you truly have a digital original? I miss being able to hold an original in my hands.

I than start to think about it from a practical working view point. As a working artist (photography, video, illustrator & designer) can i really afford to not use my computer? When i’m working on illustrations it is extremely awesome to skip out the scanning stage and there are things I can do on the computer that I couldn’t do when drawing on paper. The fact is that digital doesn’t take up that much room.

When I was in school I was so desperate to learn how to use computers and creative programs, especially I was keen to learn animation (sadly the animation thing never panned out, but hey there is still time =P). My frustration just lead me to learn it for myself and I am mainly self taught. So it makes me laugh that 10 years down the line I’m now having urges to go old school arts.

So as much as I love digital technologies i miss the simple, real and messy feeling of building, and making with my hands.

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[ A development ]

Posted on April 28th, 2010 at 8:53am

I’ve been meaning to write here for a while. I didn’t at first cos it felt like quiet hard to write in words.

Last month I finially got some info about my adoption from HK. While a lot of the info was facts I knew already, little things like dates, times, weights, heights & circumstances were made more clear. I also found out more info about my birth father who I had never been in my adoption story.

I’m a pragmatic and realistic kindda person. I’ve always been quiet clean cut about my adoption. But I have to admit when I read the info I was overwhelmed with emotion. It was the small things as well, like what time I was born, how old my birth mother/father was… it was crazy how much the little snippets of extra info was there to fill the gaps in my story.

It has been very liberating to find out more. And I also feel I have enough info to continue my search for my birth family.

After a month of knewing all this new info my mind suprisingly wonders back to some of these facts, to like remind myself that I have to reajust, that these facts are part of me and not just something on paper.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve very happy to have find the info… I’m not gonna push myself with this one, I know I will do everything in my own time =).

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[ The search goes on… ]

Posted on February 11th, 2010 at 10:32am

I started this blog about a year and a half ago, and I also had just contacted the adoption agency in HK when I started this blog. Today I got a letter saying they needed my notarized documents for march or they will put my case aside. Up until this point I have put it off due to lack of money, and a total lack of knowledge of how to approach a solicitors.

But deadlines can spar people into action! So after a phone around local solicitors and a call to my parents, I think I might be moving forward with this route tracing. Normally I’m quiet calm and collected about these things, but honestly part of me is very nervous, but excited nervous. I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up…

… ah well I wont believe it unless I hear it type thing, even if it’s only a little bit of info.

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[ Adopted – The Comic ]

Posted on November 24th, 2009 at 10:05pm

 

So I had this idea to start an adoption comic. I feel that adoption needs a bit of laughter… cos I believe if you can laugh at yourself you can turely accept yourself. Dont get me wrong I believe seriouslly in adoption wareness and the sesitivies of adoption, it would just be nice to have a balance of serious and light-heartedness =).

www.adoptedthecomic.com

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[ I’m soon published =D ]

Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 10:28am

It’s nearly here! =D The teen adoption book that i have a bit of writing in. The book is Pieces of Me – Who do I Want to Be? Voices for and by adopted teens. A book by Bert Ballard (a fellow VAD adoptee).

You can find out more info. or pre-order it here: http://emkpress.com/teenbook.html

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[ Touring Trans-cultural Adoptee Films (TTAF) – Australia Tour ]

Posted on July 20th, 2009 at 10:48am

=) My video Row Your Boat is part of a film event of adoptee film makers in the land down under =D

www.adopteefilms.info

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[ Rooting Reminder ]

Posted on July 8th, 2009 at 8:12am

I just got a reminder to send copy of passport and a official notarized documents of my birth documents so I can continue with my root tracing. A lot of people tell me that people don’t start to search until they are older. I’m starting to feel that part of this has to do with money… we are in a recession and honestly money is really tight. It pains me to have to put this off again, cos I defiantly have not forgotten about it… it’s just sadly food, rent and bills have to take priority.

Oh the life of an adult =P.

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