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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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When 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…