Sanjana, with her grandfather
“One thing I have learned is the importance of sharing your story because you never know who you could have an impact on with where they are in their journey.
Hi! My name is Cindy Wilson, and I was born in Seoul, Korea. I was adopted as a baby by an African American couple in the Army. Initially, they didn't think they could have children, but three years later they had my brother in Chicago, and we moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina. I was seven years old when my parents decided to get a divorce, and my mother, brother and myself moved to Jackson, Mississippi. I grew up in Mississippi where there was minimal exposure to other ethnicities and cultures. I attended Jackson State University, which is a historically a Black college and fully immersed myself in the experience as a Cheerleader and Ms Junior. As I approached my upper twenties, I knew there was more out there in the world for me to explore and I decided to move to Birmingham, Alabama.
Being an Asian in America is hard enough when you often feel like a minority even amongst other minorities, let alone living in a city that has very little cultural exposure to different ethnicities. There is this lousy tendency that people immediately put you in a box of who they think you should be based solely on your external appearance.
I have faced a lot of challenges that led to my passion of exposing the limited perceptions we have towards other groups of people that don't look like us and the importance of communication and humanity to live in a world that is no longer one dimensional. When I moved to Atlanta, Georgia eight years ago, I got more exposure to Korean culture and people. I had never met another Korean person before, and until recently I had never met another Korean adoptee. Sharing my story has allowed me to hear the similarities of my experience and also the learnings of other adoptees and their expertise. As a result of gaining more exposure to the Korean culture, I was inspired to visit Korea last year for the first time since I was born and I loved it!
One thing I have learned is the importance of sharing your story because you never know who you could have an impact on with where they are in their journey.
I am the Author of "Too Much Soul" which is a memoir I wrote about my transracial adoption experience and sharing the unique perspective that my experience allowed me to have with the world. Sharing my story has opened up some amazing dialogue with different groups of people that exposes the systemic racism that has been programmed in so many of us that serve no purpose other than to divide. I'm very excited about where my journey has me and where it is taking me!”
(Atlanta, GA, USA)
Cindy has recently published a memoir of her transracial adoption experience called “Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle”, which is available on Amazon.com. Read more about the book on TooMuchSoul.com and you can connect with Cindy on Instagram @asian_southern_belle or @toomuchsoul_book.