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The Language of Blood
by Trenka, Jane Jeong
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1. Do you think Trenka's experience is typical of children adopted from other countries and cultures? How does her experience and outlook from that of her sister, who was also adopted?
2. Why do you think Trenka chose not to name the town where she was raised? Does not knowing the name of the actual location make it easier to envision her childhood in any city or town?
3. Trenka's experience in college with a stalker obsessed with Asian women leads her to examine her own prejudices and American society's stereotypes of Asians. Were you surprised by some of the stereotypes Trenka was exposed to?
4. How did Trenka's decision to search for and eventually become involved with her Korean family affect her relationship with her American family? Can you understand each person's response to this situation?
5. Trenka discovers that her birth mother put her up for adoption because of extremely difficult family circumstances. Does this impact the family's reception of her when she locates them?
6. What is 'The Language of Blood" Trenka refers to in the title?