Welcome and thanks for reading!
My name is A.J. Bryant, a DC resident, adopted when I was one year old, from Kerala, India, commonly referred to as “God’s Own Country,” if only by me.
I was raised in Madison, Wisconsin and Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.
I am one of three adopted siblings (not biological) of David and Robyne Bryant. My brother, Benjamin is five years younger and my sister Bethany, is nine months junior to me.
I married an Indian woman named Sasmita who was my translator when I did Master’s research in India in 2011. We conducted a ‘Skype’ relationship for one year. She immigrated to the US in July of 2012 and we were married in August of that year.
I have been active in the adoption community since 2006, speaking on panels and at conferences and began this blog in June 2009.
The blog title “World Citizens,” is a term adoptees sometimes use describing the connection with both our birth culture and country or culture we were adopted into. Our identities frequently straddle both worlds, yet sometimes we can’t identify fully with either.
I love to connect with other adoptees and hear their stories. I also enjoy hearing from adoptive parents and anyone interested in the topic of international adoption in general.
I write about how my adoptee identity colors the way I look at life. I believe that everyone has a life narrative making our human interactions richer, like a many colored tapestry whose threads comprise our individual experiences.
Why I blog:
- I am a male Indian adoptee…and I want to/enjoy talking about adoption issues (the combination of both is very rare)
- I can hang out just as easily with white folks as I can with the Indian community, being accepted and unquestioned in both social arenas. Most people could never say this. The ability provides a unique perspective and worldview.
- I am on a journey discovering what my identity as an adopted Indian man looks like. That being said, I love being Indian and having roots in such an incredible nation
- I’m an expert about my own adoption story and the voice of the adult adoptee needs to have advocates
- I was born with brown skin, but raised in a white world and enjoy white privileges
- My wife Sasmita was born and raised in Orissa,India. My in-laws and Sasmita’s entire family live in India
- I am passionate about giving voice to marginalized, exploited and rejected people and this blog allows me to amplify their struggles
- I work in international development
- I feel a deep sense of injustice about many workings of the Indian government and bureaucracy.
- I want people to hear narratives about contemporary India beyond mainstream news from an uncommonly personal viewpoint.
- I love writing