Today, I thought I would share something really personal to me, not that everything else on my blog isn’t personal, but this is on a completely different level and is something that not that many people know about me.
I Was Born…:
I was born in China. My parents adopted me from Maoming, China (very close to Vietnam) around when I was nine months old…I think. I don’t remember any of it since I was literally so young, plus I don’t even remember anything from high school and that was only 4 years ago. I am so grateful that my parents adopted me and gave me such an amazing life! They honestly gave me the best life I could ever ask for and I can never repay them for that. I don’t know how I got so freaking lucky.
The only thing I do know is that the older I get, the more curious I am to discover exactly where I am from. When I was younger, I didn’t really think too much about being adopted. I didn’t tell too many people, not because I was ashamed or embarrassed, just because I didn’t think it was that important and I didn’t want it to define who I was.
A few years ago though, I started really thinking about what my birthplace is like and even what my birthparents are like. I became obsessed…I wanted 23andMe so badly. I eventually got it for Christmas this past year and I sent my spit into the lab the day after. I anxiously waited a whole month to get my results back and when I finally did, I was so excited. I thought I would know the exact location of where I was born and I thought I would find connections with people I’m related to by blood. Honestly, I was slightly disappointed with the results. I discovered that I am around 60% Chinese (potentially Taiwanese), around 13% Vietnamese and around 20% other stuff that is unknown. That didn’t really surprise me one bit…well maybe the Vietnamese part, but I was adopted so close to Vietnam, that I guess it makes sense that I had some in me.
23andMe also connected me with people I shared some DNA with. I was actually connected to hundreds of people, but I share barely any of my DNA with all of them. They’re all considered my “4th or 5th cousins”. I don’t know why, but I thought I would discover someone actually related to me… Like a sibling or something awesome like that. I’m honestly soooo curious whether or not I have a sibling out there.
Ever since I got these results, I’ve been craving to go to Southeast China and learn about where I’m from and see the life I could have lived if I wasn’t adopted. I’ve made it a mission to go back at least once in my life… hopefully sometime soon. I’m going to Taiwan this summer, so maybe I’ll go to China too…perfect opportunity!
That is all I’m sharing for now. Maybe I’ll go more in depth next time, but I don’t know what else there is to say. If you’re adopted too, let me know! Would love to hear your story or how you feel! I personally love that I’m adopted and was born in a different country because I think it’s really cool and relatively unique.
~TaylorTags: adopted, born, china, chinese, personal, vietnamese