Why Adoptee Citizenship Matters During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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“Today, approximately 35,000 of my fellow adoptees are living without citizenship,” Drenka writes. “Between fears of deportation and racial violence, it’s difficult to feel a sense of belonging in the place that should be home.” (Jim O’Connell)

“Go back to China!”

The schoolyard taunt I grew up hearing used to be easy to brush off as ignorance. Now it’s a threat, reminding me how quickly xenophobia spreads when racism is disguised as self-preservation.

Reports of anti-Asian bigotry are on the rise, sparked by fears of COVID-19. Last week, the FBI warned of a possible surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans based on “the assumption that a portion of the U.S. public will associate COVID-19 with China and Asian American populations.” 

I am not from China—despite a lifetime’s worth of remarks telling me to return there. My parents adopted…

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