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[Interview with Zoe, Grace, and Kai Purtell] transcript

[Interview with Zoe, Grace, and Kai Purtell]

Interview with Grace, Zoe, and Kai Purtell regarding their adoptions from Guangdong Province (Grace and Zoe) and Yunnan Province (Kai), China. At the time of the interview, Grace and Zoe (twins) were nine years old and Kai was five years old. Kai shares his adoption story and the surgeries he's had to correct his cleft palate. Zoe speaks about her desire to visit China when she's older and Grace speaks about her skill with drawing.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Purtell, Zoe; Purtell, Grace & Purtell, Kai
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History Interview with Jian Rzeszewicz] transcript

[Oral History Interview with Jian Rzeszewicz]

Oral history with Jian Rzeszewicz regarding her adoption to Washington from Zhan-Jian, Guadong Province, China. She shares what her childhood was like, particularly that the diversity of the general population in Washington helped her feel more accepted, and her parents' efforts to connect her to Chinese culture and other adoptees. She also discusses her connections to the other girls adopted at the same time as her and her trip to China where she visited the orphanage where she lived as a baby. She also shares the emotional impact of meeting her foster mother and her advocacy for adopted children in the United States.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Rzeszewicz, Jian
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview With Meikina Stuy] transcript

[Interview With Meikina Stuy]

Interview with Meikina Stuy regarding her adoption from Guangdong Province, China, discussing her parents' search for her birth parents and her thoughts about her adoption.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Stuy, Meikina
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History With Longlan Stuy] transcript

[Oral History With Longlan Stuy]

Oral history of Longlan Stuy regarding the adoptions of Meikina, Meigon, and Meilan from Guangdong Province (Meikina and Meigon) and Henan Province (Meilan) in China. She shares her views on international adoption and the difficulties of sharing Chinese culture with her daughters in the United States. She also speaks about her work researching birth parents for adoptees.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Stuy, Longlan
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview With Meilan Stuy] transcript

[Interview With Meilan Stuy]

Interview with Meilan Stuy regarding her adoption from Henan Province, China. She shares what information she knows about her birth family and the circumstances surrounding her adoption. She also speaks about learning that Longlan was not her biological mother and how she deals with questions about her family.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Stuy, Meilan
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview with Carlos Maldonado] transcript

[Interview with Carlos Maldonado]

Interview with Carlos Maldonado regarding the adoption of Ivy Maldonado from Yiwu, China. He speaks about their decision to adopt, and particularly from China, and what the early years with Ivy were like. He shares some of Ivy's medical challenges, physically and psychologically, and the ups and downs of their relationship.
Date: unknown
Creator: Maldonado, Carlos
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview With Zoi Kunkle and Pat Jacobs-Kunkle] transcript

[Interview With Zoi Kunkle and Pat Jacobs-Kunkle]

Interview with Zoi Kunkle and her mother, Pat Jacobs-Kunkle, regarding Zoi's adoption from Chenzhou City in Hunan Province, China. Zoi describes her future aspirations and her interests in her birth family and early life in China. Her mother shares her and her husband's decision to adopt and from China in particular, and their thoughts on searching for Zoi's birth family.
Date: 2016~
Creator: Kunkle, Zoi Yi Xing & Jacobs-Kunkle, Pat
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History with Robin Bell] transcript

[Oral History with Robin Bell]

Oral history with Robin Bell regarding the adoption of her daughter from the Zhenyuan Social Welfare Institute in Guizhou Province, China regarding her doubts about the truthfulness of the stories given to adoptive parents about how their children were abandoned.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Robin
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview with Lizzie Sterner] transcript

[Interview with Lizzie Sterner]

Interview with Lizzie Sterner regarding her adoption from the Bengbu SWI in Anhui Province, China. Lizzie speaks about visiting China where she was interviewed about searching for her birth parents and visited her orphanage.
Date: unknown
Creator: Sterner, Lizzie
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History With Vonna Purtell] transcript

[Oral History With Vonna Purtell]

Oral History with Vonna Purtell regarding the adoptions of Grace, Zoe, and Kai from Guangdong Province (Grace and Zoe) and Yunnan Province (Kai), China. She speaks about her and her husband's decision to adopt from China, the decision to adopt twice, and the adoption process for all their children. She also discusses Kai's cleft palate surgeries and the cultural differences between the United States and China regarding physical differences.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Purtell, Vonna
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History with Gao] transcript

[Oral History with Gao]

Oral History with Gao (last name not given) regarding her adoption of from Xi'an, China to the Netherlands. She discusses her childhood growing up in the Netherlands and the racism and bullying she experienced. She also shares her desire to learn about her own history, speaks about a trip to China where she visited the village where she was abandoned, and hopes that DNA testing might help her find her birth parents.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Gao
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview With Delaney Isley] transcript

[Interview With Delaney Isley]

Narrative history of Delaney Isley regarding her adoption Chongqing, China, discussing her school and life in Texas. She speaks about the annoying questions she receives about her family and adoption, and how she deals with the comments about her ethnicity or family. She also shares her thoughts on visiting China and her birth parents.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Isley, Delaney
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History With Tinka] transcript

[Oral History With Tinka]

Oral history with Tinka regarding the adoption of her son from Hunan Province. She speaks about her work as a volunteer orphanage worker in China, particularly her work with children with impairments or disabilities, and her NGO's efforts to build support systems for children with disabilities. She speaks about how she adopted her son, who has cerebral palsy and a mental disability, and the transition for him from China to Switzerland.
Date: March 22, 2017
Creator: Tinka & Heath, Jena
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview with Meigon Stuy] transcript

[Interview with Meigon Stuy]

Interview with Meigon Stuy regarding her adoption from Guangdong Province, China. She shares her opinions about finding her birth family and her parent's work helping other adoptees locate birth families.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Stuy, Meigon
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History With Rachel Stafeil] transcript

[Oral History With Rachel Stafeil]

Oral history with Rachel Stafeil regarding the adoption of Lily Stafeil from Guangdong Province, China, discussing her and her husband's decision to adopt from China. She shares how her older children reacted and adjusted to meeting their new sister and her efforts to connect Lily to Chinese culture.
Date: 2016~
Creator: Stafeil, Rachel
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview With Willa Mei Kurland and Charlotte Cotter, 2016] transcript

[Interview With Willa Mei Kurland and Charlotte Cotter, 2016]

Interview of Willa Mei Kurland and Charlotte Cotter (they interview each other), discussing their upcoming trip to China to search for their birth parents. They shares their first steps posting on social media and that Willa had begun contact with her foster family and that Charlotte has had a family step forward as her birth family. Both Willa and Charlotte shares their thoughts on searching with another person and the possibility of having different outcomes. They concurrently maintained a blog where they each shared their experiences regarding the trip and birth parent search and this interview took place after they began their search but before their trip to China.
Date: July 15, 2016
Creator: Kurland, Willa Mei & Cotter, Charlotte
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History with Maria] transcript

[Oral History with Maria]

Oral history with Maria regarding the adoption of Li Hua from Hunan Province, China. Maria speaks about searching for Li Hua's birth family and Li Hua's feelings about finding her birth parents. She also speaks about the logistics around searching for Li Hua's birth family and that the search began rather informally while Li Hua and her brother were traveling in China.
Date: unknown
Creator: Maria
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview with Avery Kimberlin] transcript

[Interview with Avery Kimberlin]

Narrative history of Avery Kimberlin regarding her adoption from Jiangsu Province, China, describing what she knows about her adoption and how she reacts to questions or comments about being adopted.
Date: unknown
Creator: Kimberlin, Avery
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview of Caroline Heath's Parents Conducted by Caroline Heath] transcript

[Interview of Caroline Heath's Parents Conducted by Caroline Heath]

Interview of Caroline Heath's parents conducted by Caroline Heath (age 10), regarding her adoption of from the Yuangchun SWI in Guangdong Province, China. Caroline interviews her parents, asking them why they wanted to adopt her, why her mother has maintained their Chinese adoption group, what were their experiences in China, and what being a parent is like.
Date: [2017..]
Creator: Heath, Caroline
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History with Helena Hong and Elena Triginer] transcript

[Oral History with Helena Hong and Elena Triginer]

Oral History with Helena Hong and Elena Triginer regarding the adoption of Helena Hong from Heilongjiang Province, Hegang to Barcelona Spain. Helena speaks about her childhood in China and how she came to live in the orphanage and Elena describes her decision to adopt and particularly to adopt an older child. Helena also shares how she established contact with the family she lived with in China through social media and her decision to not maintain contact at the time of the interview. They both speak about the transition to living in Spain. The interview is conducted in English, Catalan, and Mandarin with Shanshan Zhang acting as Mandarin interpreter.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Hong, Helena & Triginer, Elena
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History with Nora Brock] transcript

[Oral History with Nora Brock]

Oral history with Nora Brock discussing her visit to China on her eighth birthday and describing the experience of "blending in" in China. She also speaks about her life in Texas, describing her school classes and interests.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Brock, Nora
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview with Tina Fletcher] transcript

[Interview with Tina Fletcher]

Interview with Tina Fletcher regarding the adoption of Lily Selvaggi from the Guigang City SWI, Guangxi Province, China, speaking about her motivations for adopting from China and how she and her family made the decision to adopt. She also speaks about the experiences of raising an Asian child in a predominantly white area and her experiences regarding her own adoption.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Fletcher, Tina
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Oral History with Darrell and Betsey Isley] transcript

[Oral History with Darrell and Betsey Isley]

Oral history with Darrell and Betsey Isley regarding the adoption of Delaney Isley from Chongqing Province, discussing their decision to adopt from China and the adoption process. They also speak about their efforts to connect their daughter to other Chinese adoptees and Chinese culture.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Isley, Darrell
System: The Portal to Texas History
[Interview With Emi and Diane Pennington] transcript

[Interview With Emi and Diane Pennington]

Interview with Emi and Diane Pennington regarding the adoption of Emi Pennington from Shaoyang, Hunan Province, China. Diane shares how she arrived at her decision to adopt from China and speaks about their family dynamic. Both Emi and Diane share their feelings about the public reactions to them together. Emi also speaks about her feelings on visiting China or searching for her birth parents.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Pennington, Emi & Pennington, Diane
System: The Portal to Texas History