Grace was born in South Korea. At 3 years old, she was abandoned at the local market and orphaned. She was completely alone in the world.
She immigrated to the US at 5, eventually end up in the foster care system and then adopted into a multi-racial family of almost 20 adopted children and white parents.
Her experiences as an immigrant, former foster youth, person of color in a very white community, and also her very difficult experience as a transracial adoptee, influenced her narrative of self-rejection of her Asian identity. She was in constant pursuit of finding “white belonging” for over 25 years and never achieved it. But now she has created belonging for her and those who share her intersectional identities and is very proud to be Asian American.
Opportunities to Work Together
Grace is an Asian American, a Transracial Adoptee, and a Former Foster Youth. She has a unique adoption experience with many intersectionalities of identity that resonate with many audiences.
Grace has spent the past 15 years first in the corporate sector and then the nonprofit sector to help build a better world. She is a 2021 alumnae of NYU’s Stern School of Business where she has earned her MBA, and brings her unique experiences and executive-level skillset to her new startup tech venture, The Inclusion Initiative.
I was honored to be a keynote speaker for NFYI’s signature event, Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day in Washington, DC.
I spoke at their May AAPIs for DEI event and led a discussion around inclusion and belonging for Asian American transracial adoptees and former foster youth.
Sharon Lee Thony and Raman Sehgal host the podcast, MODERN MINORITIES. It is a collection of conversations about work and life through the lens of race and gender. It is a show where we talk about “the thing” that everyone is thinking about, but nobody is actually talking about.
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