CCI UK & CACH-All Meetup - October 2019
We met for dumplings 🥟 and noodles 🍜 at Baozi Inn and then watched ‘The Farewell’ together. No tissue boxes (I think) were used, but a lot of chocolate 🍫 and popcorn 🍿 was consumed while watching the film - and one of us did have a cheeky nap too! 🤣
Keep your fingers crossed if you couldn't make it this time, we will be organising more in the future. 🤞 Please join the “CCI UK Chinese Adoptees” Facebook group to stay up-to-date: www.facebook.com/groups/CCIUKChineseAdoptees. (More photos in News)
Where are you from?
Rosie Shead says, "I've has written a blog post that may interest some of you after getting fed up of explaining this issue to people. It’s about the fact I get asked all the time “where are you actually from” when I’ve already said I’m from Essex."
CACH-All is a wonderful opportunity to make new life-long friends who have experienced something very similar to you! Being an intercountry adoptee can sometimes make you feel different to everyone else, but at CACH-All that is not the case and you get to meet others just like you.
As you enter your teens there are other great opportunities. If you are a CACH-All member you also get the chance to:
- Make contact with the many teens in CACH-All - you are more than welcome to join the "CACH-All TEEN" Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram groups (just drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apply for a CACH-All Grant grant to help fund a cultural education project (aged between 16 and 24 and a member of CACH-All for 2 years)
- Become a ‘Young Adult Member’ for only £5 a year (for 18 to 24 year olds) Apply now!
CACH-All is for YOU! Please let us know what you would like us to organise e.g. events, website content etc. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Ella Doherty, Kate Evans, Hannah Grisley & Phoebe Peachment (Teen & Young Adult Reps.)
Note: CACH-All is open to adult intercountry adoptees too!
CCI UK Meetup - August 2019
The first ever CCI UK Meetup was a success! Chinese adoptees (some coming from as far afield as the US, Hong Kong and Scotland) met up in London's Chinatown on Friday 16th August, 2019. We first visited the China Exchange "The Making of Chinatown" exhibition before enjoying delicious Cantonese food (at Cafe TPT) and a cheeky drink in Leicester Square. Thank you to everyone who came!
For those who could not make it this time, we hope to be organising more UK meet-ups very soon! Please join the “CCI UK Chinese Adoptees” Facebook group to stay up-to-date: www.facebook.com/groups/CCIUKChineseAdoptees.
Andrew Gaule put together an exciting opportunity for our young people to learn how to make and then eat dumplings! The event was led by Guo Yue, a great Chinese chef, who taught us how to make Chinese dumplings for dim sum. The group then had a great Chinese meal created at The Bamboo Restuarant, Guo Yue's own restaurant, which we had the exclusive use of.
For: CACH-ALL Teens and Tweens (Year 7 and above)
Where: The Bamboo Flute, 145 Cleveland Street, London,
When: 9th September 2018, 11am-3pm
Total cost: £32 each which includes the cooking lesson, meal and a wooden dumpling rolling pin.
CACH-All Facebook Group
Search for www.facebook.com/groups/157568751434, or you search 'CACH-All teens', then make a request to join.
Find us on Snapchat: cach_teens
New in 2017! Search for 'cach_all' and request to follow. Once your membership has been confirmed you will be joined up.
Adoption & Identity - films recommended by members
See Kelci's TEDx talk on her own story about identity www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMbcRY361qE&feature=youtu.be
This is a British adoptee with a you tube channel My Adoption Story
Read Anna Fulcher's blog of her gap year in China 2015-16 annadventures.weebly.com
'When people hear my full name, they expect to meet an Irish boy. Instead they meet a Korean girl. Welcome to interracial adoptee life.' - Corey, 27 (MTV News)
This is a really impressive video called "Adoption and Identity Interwined" made by an American high school student about being adopted/ identity issues etc. - Adoption Beat (Vimeo)
This initiative is designed for children from year 7 and above to join. Any member can organise an event and we hope that increasingly our teenagers will take over and arrange things for themselves.
Ella Doherty (16), one of our Teen Reps, initiated the Teen weekend and helped to organise it. Andy Gaule organised Dumpling making and Mia Gaule (17) coordinated two very successful events, the Climbing Wall/Nandos event in 2016 and Go-Karting/Waggamamas in 2015.
If anyone wants to organise a Teens/Tweens event follow the ideas below and contact the committee for funding and help to communicate the idea.
Here is a guide as to how to organise an event
• Think of an event – bowling, climbing, go-karting, skating - anything that encourages interaction!
• Maybe include somewhere to go for a meal afterwards, this then enables lots of fun and laughter over the event that has just taken place
• Some funds are available from CACH-All, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding this
• Set a date and time that seems appropriate. Not too late in case of school the next day, or people having to travel a distance home.
• Contact families (via Facebook & email from the committee) letting them know the date and time, cost (what is subsidised if you know beforehand), venue etc and give them a cut off date for when you need to know by
• Once you have the numbers, send out exact details of the venue, how to get there, any specific instructions that maybe necessary for the event (e.g. specific clothing). Maybe somewhere that parents can be whilst the youngsters are enjoying themselves (as we parents want to have fun too!)
• Send out a reminder just before and then enjoy the event on the day!