Beyond Two Worlds Book Launch Party & Discussion Meet the Author Marijane Huang
Sunday July 30th @ 3pm
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Marijane was adopted by an American military family at four months old. She grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in the deep South where hers was the only Asian face among a majority of white. Raised to believe she was Vietnamese and Japanese, she never doubted her ethnicity, until one day, she found her lost adoption papers. This discovery unloosed secrets that had been buried for decades, causing her to question her identity. With brave determination, Marijane set out on a quest to reconstruct her past and resurrect a birth heritage that had long been forsaken. Her journey took her halfway across the world to reunite with her birth family and a culture she realized she had longed for her entire life. Beyond Two Worlds is a poignant telling of one woman's search for identity and belonging despite insurmountable odds, and is an inspiring true story for those seeking to connect to their original families.
Marijane Huang is a social work professional and currently works for a non-profit agency in Orange County for at-risk youth and families. A strong advocate for adoptee rights, Marijane has presented on international adoption at the Adoption Initiative Conference at Montclair State University, the Taiwanese American Foundation at Manchester University, and the North American Taiwanese Women’s Association Convention. She authors a blog, Beyond Two Worlds, where she writes about international adoption, identity, race, and culture. She also provides consultation on adoption-related concerns to adoptee groups, parent groups, professional organizations, adoption agencies, and educational institutions. Marijane and her husband live in Long Beach, California with their miniature dachshund, Peppermint, and have one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, yoga, and frequenting her favorite coffee shops along the California coast.