Author and adopted Chinese-American Mei-Ling Hopgood is speaking about adopting Chinese and other Asian babies in Austin this weekend. If you’re thinking about adopting an Asian baby or are an adoptee yourself, go see her!
From the Austin-American Statesman:
Mei-Ling Hopgood’s memoir “Lucky Girl” documents the journey to understand the choices of her Taiwanese birth parents. In 1974, Hopgood was among the first Chinese babies to be adopted in the West. She was raised in suburban Michigan, but through a chance Christmas card message at the age of 23 embarked on a series of trips to the land of her birth to reconnect with her biological family.
In the year since the book’s initial release, Hopgood has traveled from her current home in Argentina to meet with groups of adoptive parents in the U.S. looking to gain some insight from her experience. In fact, she and her mother, Chris Hopgood, will be in Austin next Saturday at First Unitarian Universalist Church for just such an event. By virtue of her age and being a mother herself, Hopgood’s story gives a rare voice to the adult adoptee (the lion’s share of Chinese adoptions in the U.S. have happened since 1992).
Families with Children from China event with author Mei-Ling Hopgood and her mother, Chris Hopgood
When: 5 p.m. July 31
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave.
Cost: Advance tickets $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers at mei-linghopgood.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $25 at door.
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