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Janine Myung Ja

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International multi-award recipient and gold-medalist author, Janine Myung Ja, Ph.D., is an adoption researcher, and rights-based activist for adopted people searching for long-lost families.

Janine and her twin sister are cofounders of Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network, one of the largest adoptee-led groups on social media. 

Janine Myung Ja's soon-to-be-released political and history books include Adoption What You Should Know, Adoptionized: A Critique of the Evangelical Orphan Movement, and Adoptopia: A Deep Dive into the Life and Times of Adoptive Father, the Reverend Jim Jones.

Readers on Amazon and elsewhere have said this about Janine's work: "Insightful," "Important," "Awesome," "Great Understanding," "Highly Recommended

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"This book is a global look at adoption. It is informative and should be part of the curriculum in women studies, minority studies, and social studies. People looking to adopt or adoption agencies workers should read this before deciding if they want " Read more of this review »
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Adoption Stories by Janine Myung Ja
"I am not adopted and by the time I got to page 5 I was already so excited to read this book, to learn more about the way the process works and how these adoptees feel and to read the stories amongst them. I like the way that Janine has written it and" Read more of this review »
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“We don't have adoption issues, we have an issue with adoption.”
Janine Myung-Ja, Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

“There comes a point in time when we must acknowledge that we are more than our nationality, and we are bigger than our ethnicity. There comes a time when we have an aha moment. What is that aha moment? It's sort of like a revelation. A revelation is when we put all the pieces together to see the bigger picture. When we see the bigger picture, we can see ourselves through the realm of reality and truth. The truth is we belong to a blood family that is connected to a tribal community, and this community is big and bright and bold with life, and we should be proud of the ties to blood that each of us has. We should not play small and reduce our human nature—for we are all connected. We belong to something bigger and more expansive. We belong to life itself. Always remember that you are more than an American (as wonderfully dramatic as that can be). Together, we make up the collective of great. ...And this is good.”
Janine Myung Ja, Adoption Stories: Excerpts from Adoption Books for Adults

“Yes, we've given them the benefit of the doubt. But, isn't it time (for once in our lives) to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt?”
Janine Myung Ja, Adoption Stories: Excerpts from Adoption Books for Adults

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Lorraine Dusky Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

The essays collected here are fierce, even hard to read as a first mother, for I know some of my own daughter's emotions are buried in them somewhere, though she was not adopted out of country. Adoptionland is a valuable addition to the literature about adoption that portrays it as less than simply a wonderful act that is commemorated with special jewelry. Even the cover art--at first seemingly innocuous--highlights the obvious difference between being raised by your own kind and genetic strangers. The very blonde woman whose image is repeated several times is almost certainly not the original mother of the infant she is holding, an infant with black, spiky hair.

A note in the book states that some of the names have been changed to remain anonymity, and that the book's purpose "is to give validation to, and to voice concern for, families who have been separated by adoption." It succeeds brilliantly. Anyone considering adoption--especially adopting from another country--should read this book. I cannot praise this book enough.


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