Feb 18 2011

The Dance of Identities – Book Club & Author Event

Published by at 7:11 am under AAAW Events

AAAW is excited to announce two events related to The Dance of Identities: Korean Adoptees and Their Journey Toward Empowerment, a new book authored by John D. Palmer – Korean adoptee and associate professor of Educational Studies at Colgate University.  The Dance of Identities looks at how Korean adoptees “dance,” or engage, with their various identities (white, Korean, Korean adoptee, and those in between and beyond) and begin the journey toward self-discovery and empowerment.  Throughout, the author draws closely on his own experiences and those of thirty-eight other Korean adoptees, mainly from the U.S. Chapters are organized according to major themes that emerged from interviews with adoptees.

Sunday, April 10 – Book Discussion Group
WHERE:  Jenny Kelly’s house (AAAW Vice President)
WHEN:  Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 3:00 – 5:00pm

Join us for an informal, Sunday afternoon discussion of The Dance of Identities.  This will be an adoptee-only discussion group, and we encourage adoptees of all backgrounds, not just Korean, to attend.  Although the book is primarily about Korean adoptees’ experiences, there are issues addressed in the book about identity that many other transracial adoptees will understand.  If you plan to participate in this discussion group, please plan to have finished reading the book (less than 200 pages!) before the group meets.  This will be a good primer before the larger event listed below.  Please RSVP to jenny@aaawashington.org for directions to her house.

Wednesday, April 20 – John D. Palmer Presentation
WHERE:  Matheia School in Ballard, 2205 NW 67th St., Seattle, WA 98117
WHEN:  Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00pm

John D. Palmer will make a special presentation about The Dance of Identities on April 20th at a special event hosted by AAAW.  The general public will be invited to this FREE event, and AAAW members are encouraged to attend.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet John and ask him questions about the book and his other research.  His research interests include: ethnic identity formation and development, cross cultural competency and development, immigrant educational experiences, social justice education, socio-cultural & cultural-historical theory, and ethnographic/qualitative research methodology.  There may also be a post-event, adoptees-only opportunity for AAAW members and John to continue the discussion over drinks (stay tuned for updates!).

The Dance of Identities may be purchased through Amazon, but AAAW members may also purchase the book from Jenny Kelly at a very special price.  =)  Limited quantities are available!  Email jenny@aaawashington.org for purchasing information.

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