News: Suicide in Asian women, Liberia, and female infanticide gets easier

May 20th, 2007

We're looking at recent international adoption-related news today .... Very frightening, this report from CNN highlights a study out of the Asian-American studies program at Cal State Fullerton that has found that Asian-American women between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest rate of suicide of any women in any race or ethnic group between those ages, and that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Asian-American women in that age range. ... simply being a minority can also lead to depression. "My sister had a really low self-image. She thought of herself as ugly," she says. "We grew up in Houston in the '70s and '80s, and at that time in school there were very few Asian faces. The standard of beauty… [more]

Liberia: Adoption, and the UN Strikes Again

April 4th, 2007

The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) released a report a few days ago on unsatisfactory conditions in orphanages in Liberia. Liberia/wikiphoto Again. Sheesh! April must be their "trash Liberian adoption month". I wrote about the same darned thing this time last year! Apparently, this time around they surveyed ninety-seven orphanages and found that, "Sadly, living conditions in orphanages, especially those lacking ministerial accreditation, were frequently well below the minimum standards ..." and came out with a list of abuses children suffer including poor hygiene, bedding and clothing, lack of education, lack of access to adequate food and water supply, exploitative child labour, inhuman and degrading treatment and separation from families. Not at all surprisingly, they found most of… [more]