MNTRFF – Minnesota Transracial Film Festival – USA (14 Nov 2009)

MNTRFF – Minnesota Transracial Film Festival (by an american adoption group). Their FB Group states:

The Minnesota Transracial Film Festival is the first festival in the Twin Cities to showcase voices from thetransracial and transcultural adoption community through film, words, and music. The MNTRFF is being held at the Oak Street Cinema on November 14th, 2009.

Australia – QLD Events & Meetings (2008)

Qld Tet picnic – New farm park

Babylift people Jen Fitzpatrick, John Douglas, Brian Stehn and partners along with AVI founder Indigo Willing plus Trung Nguyen of Vietnamese Community, the Rep of the ICASN group Ms Ilan Ivory, and friends Terry Tyler and partner enjoyed Tet picnic at New Farm Park. For next general meet up of intercountry adoptees please see below.

Qld ICASN Socials – Regular

For the next meeting of inter-country adoptees in QLD please contact the State Rep of the ICASN group is Anna. email:

QLD Adoption Education Sessions

To get involved with the panel to talk to prospective adoptive parents at sessions organised by the QLD Dept/ICA Unit please email:

Ongoing – IAFQ Info Days 2008

Adult adoptee special Q and A sessions are held for prospective adoptive parents by the IAFQ (Intercountry Adoptive Families of QLD) for their info days, usually held at the Italio-Australian club at Newmarket. For directions and how to attend a future event contact the organiser, Clarissa via the IAFQ at:

Previous sessions have featured: Vietnamese adoptees, Jen Fitzpatrick – adoption professional and B.Social Work and Indigo Willing, PhD Student, Sociology plus other adult and teen adoptees such as Anna, Zewdituand Joel. Chaired by adoptive parent and PhD student, Psychology, Leith Harding.

Australia – NSW Meetings

9th Australian Adoption Conference in Sydney

3 – 5 September 2008!
Info on how to submit tba
Held in association with COAPC, NSW

For more info contact:

Angharad Candlin
Post Adoption Resource Centre
The Benevolent Society
T: 9365 3444

NSW ICASN Socials – Regular

Get to-gethers of Inter-country adoptees under the ‘ICASN’ group in Sydney occur at a reasonably regular basis.

For more info please text the Founder of ICASN Lynelle Beveridge at: or please contact the State Rep of the ICASN group Analee Matthews at:

Australia – NSW Meetings (2008)

9th Australian Adoption Conference in Sydney

3 – 5 September 2008!

If you are an adoptee and wish to meet up at or around this event please contact Indigo at:

For more info on the conference please contact:

Angharad Candlin
Post Adoption Resource Centre
The Benevolent Society
T: 9365 3444


Young Adult Adoptees Forum
(pdf not found. Please contact us if you have an updated link)

With Special Guest Judith Lucy and a Panel of Young Adult Adoptees

Wednesday 3rd September 2008
7pm to 9.30pm
The Stamford Plaza Hotel Double Bay

Cost: $15

Ideal for adoptees aged between 16 and 26

NSW ICASN Socials – Regular

Get to-gethers of Inter-country adoptees under the ‘ICASN’ group in Sydney occur at a reasonably regular basis. For more info please text the Founder of ICASN Lynelle Beveridge at :

Are you interested in being a buddy at Camp Connection?

  • Are you adopted from overseas and aged 18 to 25?
  • Would you like to meet with other intercountry adoptees of your age?
  • Would you like to meet & help other children who may be having similar experiences you had as a child?

If so, we would love to hear from you. Contact Sue Ann at: or 0403 763 737

AFC Culture Camp – Adult Adoptee volunteer ‘mentors’ wanted

For more info contact:

Ricky Brisson

Executive Director/Adoption Coordinator and Founder – Australian Families for Children Inc. (AFC)

Founding member – Australians Caring for Children Inc. (ACC)
National Coordinator – Australian Intercountry Adoption Network (AICAN)
Convenor – NSW Intercountry Adoption Alliance



Australia – VIC Meetings (2008)

Friday 12 Dec 2008 – Social/Work visit

Dominic Golding and Indigo Willing will be attending a David Eng Workshop as part of Monash University (there is also free symposium by this Asian American scholar). Hope to meet up with locals on Friday 12th for dinner. Please email:

3 – 4 July 2008 – Adoption Symposium

There will be an academic symposium on adoption held at Monash University. Presenters include Vietnamese adoptees Dominic Golding (MA Candidate) and Indigo Willing (PhD Candidate). *A social dinner with adoptee friends and symposium panelists from all backgrounds will be held Friday 4 July**** for more details please email:

VIC ICASN Socials – Regular

Get to-gethers of Vietnamese and Inter-country adoptees in Melbourne please see

For teens you can also participate in the ICATZ network – an offshoot of ICASN for teens by emailing the teen leader Angela at:

Melbourne Arts and Adoption


Based on an adopted Vietnamese’s journey to Vietnam. Get a copy of: media_shrimp_singlepage.pdf (197 KB)

Review from the Age:

and from Vibewire:

NOTE that Dominic Golding is now doing his MA on adoptee artists and can be contacted at email:

I Love Pho Exhibit

This has toured Sydney with great success and gathered press interest from around the world. This exciting exhibit is now showing in VIC, and later WA.

Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray, Vic 3011
Dates: 22 Feb – 10 April 2008

General Asia Related Events

For general non-adoptee but exciting events relating to Asia and Asia Australia please visit Asialink’s website or email to or call Asialink on (03) 8344 4800 to find out how to become a member and receive their events mailing list.

Australia – TAS Meetings (2008)

ICASN are hoping to send adult adoptees to assist The Post Adoptive Resources Centre (PARC) with their popular ‘talking about racism and cultural heritage’ talks for adoptive parents.

PARC’s Thea Ormond has details for upcoming events at email:


Australia – Adelaide Events (2008)

Update East Meets West August 2008

East meets West no longer receives funding from the Government as at April 2008 to cover our program costs.

Our recent funding for the period April to June 2008 from PASS (Post Adoption Resource Centre) has also now ceased since the end of this financial year. PASS who have been offered a renewal of the tender for Post Adoption Services for the next three years have offered minimal funding of 7 hours per month to cover salaries for attendance on the day of activities but this is not guaranteed each month depending on their budget requirements. The East meets West Board is currently actively looking at other avenues to continue our program and generate funds. Funding for East Meets West will be the future of our organisation, if we have no funding, then we cannot afford salaries of the paid workers to organise and attend activities. We are looking for any parents interested in joining the board or who have suggestions for funding opportunities.

Post Adoption Support Services Training.

This training is for counsellors, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who work with clients, or would like to work with clients, whose lives involve adoption. Please pass this on through your networks, and feel free to contact Nikki Hartmann or Sandi Petersen on 8245 8100 should you

There are also special discussion evenings for people who have been adopted.

TET Volunteers needed

Face painters and general volunteering assistance welcome for Tet Festivisites to be held by the SA Vietnamese Community Chapter. For more info please contact Ruth Tulloch, Exec Committee Member & Public Programs:

Heart of Stone Book Out Now

Recent book by Hoa Stone – author, adopted Vietnamese and social activist in Vietnam

For more info email:

East Meets West is now holding Social nights for Inter-country Adoptees

Anyone who may be interested please contact:
Tracey Gilbert
East Meets West
Phone/Fax: 08 8132 1570

USA Events (2008)

General Adopted Vietnamese Events Listing

See for local events in your state

General Regular Vietnamese Events

Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) “Beyond Boundaries”

The Club O’ Noodles Show “Reinventing Entertainment…one Vietnamese at a time”

VAALA “Enriching our communities since 1991”

General USA

Attend the VAN and Vietnamese Camp every year in Colorado (outside of Winter Park)

Since 2001, VAN has held a conference every other year to connect Vietnamese adoptees from around the world together. For more info see now!

International Adoptee Congress (IAC)

IAC an organization made up of 75internationally adopted persons from various ethnic and geographic backgrounds, will meet in annually.

“For too long,” says Bert Ballard, IAC Past President and co-founder of the Vietnamese Adoptee Network (VAN), “international adoptees in the United States have been reactionary. Now, though, the IAC will offer international adoptees an opportunity to establish their presence, one that will set the tone for dialogue with agencies, adoptive parents, and each other.”

For more information please contact Kelly Brownlee at 206-818-1625.


By State


4th International ACTION Conference on Post Adoption Services 2009

February 23-25, 2009
Hotel Marlowe
Cambridge, MA, USA

We invite you to attend, present, collaborate, exhibit or advertise!

Call for proposals attached ~ Deadline August 20, 2008

Further information will be available shortly.

Contact Katherine Walker at 617-547-0909 or with any questions.

Greetings all. Diane Tavitian and Mai Dewees and other supporters have been talking a lot since the conference in April and we have begun a group called Mosaic. The meetings will be facilitated by Mai Linh Dewees. It doesn’t matter where you were adopted from- it is our hope to be as inclusive as possible and invite all adult adoptees.

Boston Photo Exhibit by Adoptee

Anh Dao Kolbe, VN adoptee Photographer of Misplaced Baggage, has put many of her works on virtual exhibition – you can see some by visiting:



Vietnamese Heritage camp

Hope to see you there….
Kathie Scrimgeour
Co-Director, VHC



Asian Adult Adoptee Gathering – Hawai’i 2008

Honolulu: October 10-13, 2008
Korean Adoptee Gathering in Hawai’i: Fall 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008 at 12:00am – Monday, October 13, 2008 at 12:00am

Honolulu, HI



Adoptive Family Social & Support Groups.

For info on progress on the above and events see Susan Robinson:

AVI get together in LA in Feb 2008.

Sat 9th Feb 2008 at 11am – Los Ang. USA

Welcoming International adoptees to a meet up with Indigo, a VN adoptee from Australia. Arranged by local David Fisk, for more info email:

There will also be a more casual day out on Sunday 10th Feb. For more info email Indigo at:


Minneapolis / St Paul, MN

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Please attend our dinner over dialogue. There will be a diverse group of Asian Adoptees sharing their personal stories through a panel discussion. Topics will cover identity, cultural differences, dating, and different upbringings. Enjoy dinner and music by our featured Guzheng musician, Jarrell Barton. Pre-registration and payment is requested.

When: Saturday, November, 2008

5pm Registration
5:30pm-6:30pm Panel Discussion
6:30pm Dinner over Dialogue

Musician: Jarrell Barton will provide Guzheng music before and after dinner

Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant
1105 University Ave West
St. Paul, MN 55104

Fee: $20.00 per person
Pre-registration and payment is requested by November 8, 2008 Payment can be mailed to P.O. Box 18435, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Checks and Credit Cards are accepted or please go to our website for more information, Paypal is also available.


New York

Lana Noone has been involved with several events in the state. For more info on future ones
Please contact:



Cocktails for a Cause

“Benefitting ATG Against The Grain Productions & “Operation Babylift””
What: Fundraiser
Host: The ATG Board of Directors
When: Thursday, September 18 at 6:00pm
Where: AMS Production Group

16986 N. Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX


Please save the date for our first “Cocktails for a Cause”  fundraiser event, benefitting ATG Against The Grain Productions and “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam.”