Mirrors and Windows: Connecting Asian Adoptees Through Storytelling

about this event

To reserve a FREE spot at this event, please RSVP on our eventbrite link here by copying and pasting this URL in a new web browser window: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mirrors-and-windows-connecting-asian-adoptees-through-storytelling-tickets-523046976587

We named the event Mirrors & Windows. A story as a mirror helps us see ourselves reflected back, so we feel less alone and isolated. Stories as windows help others see into our experiences, to build empathy and recognition, unification and solidarity. We want adoptees to tell our own stories and shape the adoption narrative, a narrative that has historically been controlled and dominated by adoptive parents and the multi-billion dollar adoption industry.


We are excited to start confirming our list of participants and vendors. Stay tuned as we keep rolling them out. If you would like to table or be a vendor, please fill out this form.


This event is free to the community. At this point, we are self-funding. If you would like to make a donation, please consider purchasing a ticket. We are also accepting donations through PayPal.


If you are traveling from out of town and looking for accommodations, we have a Group Rate Discount at the Hotel Eastlund, located at 1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232.

Book by Feb, 27th to receive the Group Rate Discount for our event here: https://bookings.hoteleastlund.com/search-rates?arrival=2023-03-23&departure=2023-03-26&codeType=block&code=ASIANAMER23


This is a BIPOC-only event. This event is presented by an Asian American-centered group in partnership with Asian Adoptee-led organizations formed as a result of the international adoption industry. We are a diverse community that embodies many different intersecting identities.

This event is meant to be a safe, inclusive space for all BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and disabled members of our community. General Industry has disability parking in the front, a ramp to the space, ADA bathrooms. There is room for wheelchairs and scooters. Service-animals can have access to outside areas for toileting (please bring potty bags). We will have an ASL sign language interpreter. Please contact asianamericantown@gmail.com with questions or to communicate other accommodation requests.


Shout out to our organizing partners: BIPOC Adoptees Docuseries, Yeondae, a social justice collective of pan-Asian adoptees in Portland; and Mai Li O’Keefe, a local organizer and community leader.

A HUGE thank you goes to General Industry for partnering with us and donating their beautiful space. AV equipment and service for this event is generously donated in-kind by Trevor Irish, an equity-oriented nonprofit services consultant, specializing in fundraising, data management, strategic planning, and governance.