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Adoptee spotlight: Em Mackzum

Jiangxi, China --> Oregon, United States

Hey all! I’m Em, a 16 year old in Oregon. The first year of my life was spent in an orphanage in Jiangxi, China until I was adopted by my parents and brought to the U.S.


I expressed interest in learning Mandarin from a young age, so my parents enrolled me in a Mandarin-immersion school. I learned how to speak Mandarin fluently and was surrounded by a lot of cultural traditions. I feel very fortunate to have that connection with my Chinese ancestry and am definitely seeking out more connections.

"I feel very fortunate to have that connection with my Chinese ancestry and am definitely seeking out more connections."

I live in a pretty diverse, liberal area and fortunately haven’t experienced much discrimination or harassment. I feel unsure and a bit scared about being a young adult and how my background will impact my life though. Lately I’ve been getting into music and kickboxing. I also love reading webtoons, cooking, drawing and going on adventures!

 

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