TGIF Links

This American Life
"The Missing Parent’s Bureau"
Ironically, I listened to this story on my ipod, as I was driving to visit one of the kids on my caseload this week. I was fascinated and disturbed by these stories – especially the segments on the child actor’s workshop on pretending to be an ‘orphan’ and the interviews with women who chose to use sperm donors. I was really irritated that most of these stories once again LACKED the voices of adults who actually lived these experiences. Once again, it’s presented as all about the parents!

New York Times "CBS Radio Show Hosts Suspended After Phone Prank"
"CBS Radio suspended two hosts from an FM station in New York City
yesterday after an Asian-American advocacy organization complained
about the broadcast of a six-minute prank phone call to a Chinese
restaurant that was peppered with ethnic and sexual slurs."– "Big business in babies"
" . . . All adoptions are not the happily-ever-after-fairy tales we’d like them to be."

CNN – "Couple uses MySpace in adoption search"
"Dear birthmother," their MySpace posting begins. "We cannot imagine
how difficult making an adoption plan for your child must be. … Thank
you for including our profile in your search for the right family to
raise your baby."

Chicago Tribune – "Massacre fallout: Charges for essay"
"Told to express emotion for a creative-writing class, high school
senior Allen Lee penned an essay so disturbing to his teacher, school
administrators and police that he was charged with disorderly conduct,
officials said Wednesday."

Amnesty International – "Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from sexual violence in the U.S."
I first heard about this on NPR.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

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