Sanjana, with her grandfather
“I was going through a lot emotionally and socially during those years and felt that my status as a transracial adoptee made me unlovable.
My name is Keturah, I’m a biracial (Black & Korean) and transracial adoptee living in the Pacific Northwest. I was adopted at birth and grew up as the oldest of four siblings, three of whom were also transracial adoptees. I’ve always had a passion for books and literature since I was young. I’m a self-proclaimed book worm. When it came time for me to go to college, I ended up majoring in English Literature and Gender Studies. Since then, I’ve worked in education while reading copious amounts. In 2015, I got married to a wonderful person, and together we’ve been raising our corgi puppy, Arya and tabby cat, Kenji.
One of my lowest lows as an adoptee was in high school. I was going through a lot emotionally and socially during those years and felt that my status as a transracial adoptee made me unlovable. I remember emotionally shutting down around my peers and my parents during my sophomore and junior years. Gradually, as time went on, things started to get better. I ended up getting accepted into a university in Seattle, WA where I was able to join diverse clubs and explore a major city. One of my highest highs was during my senior year when I finished my senior thesis. My paper focused on black women, their hair and how the media represents them. I was so proud of finishing such a difficult paper and for doing one that really represented me. It was wonderful to do a deep dive into my ethnicity and find a project that not only left me feeling represented but possibly opened doors for other diverse students.
In 2019, I wanted to explore my adoption and the topic of adoption more. I felt like reading books centered around adoptees’ experiences and blogging about it would be a cathartic way to do so. I started “The Adoptee Reads” in January and have loved connecting and reaching out to adoptees around the world since.”
(Denton, TX, USA)
Follow Keturah’s book reviews on her Instagram account @theadopteereads and see what she has to say about reaching out to other adoptees around the world.