By Jonathan Carroll
Cullen James is a tender girl whose existence dictates her dreams-and whose desires keep an eye on her life.
In her first dream, she stumbled on the suitable man-and a similar factor swiftly occurred in lifestyles. Now, she has started to dream desires set in Rondua, a myth international of excessive experience, filled with exams of her braveness and power. Slowly and quietly, her dream international is spilling over into her ny urban truth and commencing to threaten every thing she loves in existence. Her neighbors are amassed to aid her-but even her newfound braveness will not be sufficient.
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And I’m like, “You can’t just place them with whoever just because they’re black. ” And her only reason was that we were white and the kids were black. . I know several other families filed similar complaints against her, but she kept denying it . . so we were never able to get her out from the agency. . I know a couple of the other families switched agencies to get away from her. I just actually heard over the summer that she had left the agency, and who knows where she is now. (AA10) Brandy was frustrated by the experiences with matching that her agency (or at least this particular social worker) engaged in and its consequences for her children.
And so adoption has generated an ersatz market of sorts, a system of structured trades. . Money changes hands in this market-without-a-name, but the money is rarely buying children per se and the system is subject to a labyrinth of formal controls—far more, in fact, than exist in nearly any other sector of the baby business. (Spar 2006: 176) Spar lays out the paradoxical situation in which a highly regulated “business” has historically operated in a “laissez-faire” manner with a hodge-podge of regulations and public and private agents and institutions, and in which humanitarianism is well mixed with the dynamics of consumerism.
At the same time, their shared experiences fostered a powerful collective identity among them that contested both a mythic nationalism and a fabricated folklore. The narratives of the CA children, together with the far greater number of narratives of Korean adoptees that have been published, emphasize how important return journeys and heritage camps are for them, partly to learn about their culture of origin, but more so to share among themselves the experience of knitting together their identities and living as divided selves; and they can relax because they are among others whose physical resemblance they share.