Hey! Im in the paper!

AFAAD got some prop’s in the SF Chronicle this week! yay!  Reyhan Harmanci writes an alternative reading of the film Juno in her article, “Some not smiling over Juno’s sarcasm on China”.

San Rafael real estate agent Lo Mei Seh was shocked when she saw a theatrical trailer for the hit movie “Juno” in December. In one scene, the title character sarcastically tells the rich suburban couple hoping to adopt her unborn child, “You shoulda gone to China. You know, ’cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those T-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.”

[Hear readers’ opinions on the “iPod scene.”]

Seh, the mother of two adopted Chinese girls, noticed a young Asian girl sitting behind her getting noticeably upset and muttering, “That’s so mean and unfair.”

“I calmed myself down, saying these things are just going to happen, and as a parent I have to teach my children to be strong,” she says. But after that particular scene was shown on televised award shows like the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, she became angry all over again.

Read the full article here.


Child Trafficking

 Quick update on the French “aid workers” who were caught last October trafficking children back to France and London to “host families” for 3K each. According to the Associated Press, 6 of the offenders were sentenced to 8 years in prison. Im glad about it – even if i argue they should have gotten life sentences, because thats the sentences the children would have had dammit – or at least 35 years – heh!   Read the full story here.


and in other child trafficking news…  

MAPUTO (AFP) — The United Nations expressed concern about child trafficking in Mozambique on Thursday after police intercepted a lorry carrying 39 children near the border with Zimbabwe.

Police in Mozambique stopped the lorry carrying the children on Monday as they were about to be smuggled across the border, the interior ministry announced Wednesday.

“This incident calls attention to the serious problem of child trafficking and the urgent need for the adoption of legal instruments to enforce the protection of children against abuse and exploitation,” said the UN resident coordinator in Mozambique, Ndolamb Ngokwey, in a statement.   Not much detail, but the rest here. 

and in other news:

I changed my dissertation topic to transracial / international adoption and child trafficking. WOOO-SAH!