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How Immersion Into My Own Food Culture Changed Me as an Adoptee

I grew up surrounded by the cuisine of my adoptive family

A photo of an arepa.
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WWhen I found out I was adopted from Colombia at 19 years old, Italian food was one of the first things I abandoned. I had grown up my entire life surrounded by the smells, tastes, and even restaurants full of Italian food because my adoptive family was from…




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Melissa Guida-Richards

Melissa Guida-Richards

Author, TRA adoptee, & podcaster. | WHAT WHITE PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION, available for preorder! | http://www.adopteethoughts.com/my-book/

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