“You may feel like your children are protected from this or perhaps have never experienced any form of racism or discrimination (that’s awesome, and I *hope* it continues). But you cannot deny or ignore these things that have happened, because it makes it all the more difficult for people to take hate crimes against Asian Americans seriously or believe that they are possible.” (Written in January 2017)

Feeling so much collective grief-with the Asian American community, as a Korean woman-but today, my heart is hurting most for fellow adoptees.

Some of whom may not have parents and friends like mine…


Contesting the sexual objectification of Asian women by embracing the power of the erotic

To those who are beginning to see — for the first time — the violence against Asian women highlighted in the news, I need you to understand that none of this is new.

I wrote this paper (below) for a college Women’s Studies class back in 2007. Asian women have been objectified, dehumanized, hypersexualized, and victimized for centuries.

When Trump was elected, I warned White parents of Asian adoptees that this country would always see their children as perpetual foreigners.

Last year, I addressed rising anti-Asian…


As Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prepares to begin immigration raids tomorrow, my heart breaks for the children currently waiting to be reunited with their parents and those who may be separated in the near future. Being adopted, I understand the lifelong trauma they face and urge policymakers to do everything in their power to fight for family preservation.

When the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether started trending last year in response to Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, I began noticing similarities between adoption rhetoric and the anti-immigration movement. Both are predicated on biased assumptions about who is more deserving of the right to…


Harvard University recently announced a record proportion of Asian American undergraduate students in its admitted class, as federal judge Allison D. Burroughs weighs her decision in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard lawsuit.

Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) is an organization that has been making headlines these past few years for their lawsuits against the University of Texas, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The name itself is a bit misleading. It sounds like a massive student movement, but, in reality, SFFA is primarily driven by one person — decidedly, not a student: Edward Blum. …


Source: http://introvertspring.com

“To be nobody but yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” (e.e. cummings)

While attending DePaul, I worked at the university’s Career Center as a marketing/communications intern. It was there that I became fascinated with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. My career counselor happened to be an expert on the subject, and after all the time I spent promoting his MBTI workshop, I finally decided to participate myself. …

Stephanie Drenka

Korean Adoptee. Founder of VISIBLE Magazine. Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Communications Director. Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project.

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