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Being Asian and Jewish: Adoption and Identity

Event: Being Asian and Jewish: Adoption and Identity
A Crossing Borders Luncheon Dialogue with Devorah Goldstein and Kim McKee

Born in Taiwan, Devorah Goldstein was abandoned by her biological mother in a train station. Found by Professor Schwartzbaum, who was living in Taiwan as a Fulbright scholar with his wife, Goldstein was adopted by the Schwartzbaum family. In the memoir, The Bamboo Cradle, Professor Schwartzbaum tells the story of how Devorah changed their lives and brought them back to a traditional Jewish life. The memoir also includes diary reflections from Devorah as she negotiated her adoptee identity following her familyÕs move to Israel during adolescence. Devorah Goldstein now teaches elementary school in Baltimore and speaks widely about her experiences as a Chinese-American Orthodox Jew.

Kim McKee is a doctoral student in OSU WomenÕs, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research examines transnational and transracial adoption.

Free Kosher Asian lunch. To RSVP for the lunch and to receive selections of The Bamboo Cradle to read before the dialogue, please go to this event page: For more information, contact Prof. Judy Wu (

Support by the Diane Cummins Community Education Fund. Co-sponsored by OSU Hillel, the Asian American Studies Program, the Multicultural Center, Central Ohio Families with Children from China, and the Honors and Scholars Pressey Course Enhancement Grant
Date and time:November 13, 2012
12:30 PM
Location:Area on Campus: OSU Hillel (46 E. 16th Ave., 43210)
Contact:Paige Bailey
Phone Number:614-247-7882
Event category:Melton Center for Jewish Studies
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