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CBC News Lunar New Year Coverage of Asian Adoptees of Canada Meetup on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Threads 2023: Cultural Conversations conference submission video, "This Could Happen to Me."


Podcast Episodes

Shelley has had the pleasure of being a guest on the following podcasts. In each episode, she shares about her thoughts and/or experiences as a transracial adoptee. If you'd like to listen to any of them, click on the photo and it will take you to the podcast episode page!

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This episode we speak with Shelley, a Canadian Chinese adoptee who just finished her Masters. Shelley shares her experience about being Canadian, resources she used to connect with adoption, and more about religion. 

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In our second episode, we have a very exciting guest joining us, McMaster alumnus Shelley Rottenberg. Amy and Shelley converse about her experience as a transracial Chinese adoptee as well as individual cultural identity.

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In today's episode, we are joined by fellow transracial and international adoptee Shelley Rottenberg.


We touch on the following:

  • Shelley's background and adoption

  • The identity confusion she experienced

  • The journey of trying to fit in

  • The power of community

  • Creativity as a therapeutic pathway to healing

  • Shelley's role in the adoptee community

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In this episode, we share our thoughts and reactions to the documentary, One Child Nation (available on Amazon Prime Video). We are joined by Chinese adoptee and CCI 2020 Intern, Shelley Rottenberg. You can find out more about her project here

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In this episode, we look at Impostor Syndrome through the lens of personal identity. Shelley Rottenberg shares her powerful story as a transracial adoptee. Born in China and raised by a single Jewish mother in Canada, Shelley talks about not feeling “Asian enough” or “Jewish enough” and how she continues to find peace.

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On Episode 10 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Shelley, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss the intricacies of being an international adoptee, the benefits of having an adopted sibling, and the experience of being raised by a single mom.

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In this episode, Aimee and Alia are rejoined by Chinese adoptee, Shelley, to discuss their thoughts on the documentary, Found , available on Netflix. Along with the emotions this documentary provoked, they share how Found has impacted their views on DNA testing and the possibilities of them attempting their own birthparent search. 

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How can you get a stronger sense of your own identity? Whether it's a full blown identity crisis or a vague lack of clarity on who we are, most of us struggle to see who we are at some stage of our lives. Transracial adoptees are, unsurprisingly, particularly conflicted. Listen in as Shelley shares how she's developed a stronger sense of self. Let her insights guide you to clarity.

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