Culture Camp 2011 Privilege

This morning I was talking on the phone to my sister. I hadn’t spoken to her since we returned from Culture Camp. She said to me something like, “It appears you had a great time at Culture Camp!” The funny part is she doesn’t read this blog. But, I was spreading the love on Facebook.

I told her I was stumped on how to blog about the next class I took, because I was afraid I would offend somebody. What I didn’t tell her was that I wasn’t in the mood to DEFEND my own beliefs and thoughts. Because of that you will get a watered down version. SORRY!

So I will start with a picture of Miss LuluBelle.
It was morning time again and we brought Lulu to her class. In the elevator on the way down, she decided to sit while holding her bunny: Oreo.

The next class we took, as I said was on Privilege. The class was taught by our friend Anh Ðào Kolbe. I always like to go to the more thought provoking and hard classes because I don’t feel like I have much of an opportunity to learn about that stuff. It’s also nice to be in a non-aggressive atmosphere that’s all about intellect and is also sensitive to everybody’s emotions.
So, we did a Privilege Walk. We stood in a line and when questions were asked we stepped forward or back. Some of the questions were about our own childhood, some about ethnicity, some about illnesses, and some about how we parent. I found it really thought provoking, however, for me this class was a little light. But only because I love learning about races and differences between race and read as much as I can about privilege.

So, with that, I tell you that Culture Camp is wonderful, and I am so glad Anh Ðào was there. She is so good with us adoptive parents, and with people in general. She shares her own adoptee story. I hope we are friends with her forever because she is super awesome.

Anyway, if you have the opportunity, do a privilege walk and see where you end up.

A little about Anh Ðào:
Born outside Sài Gòn, Việt Nam, Anh Ðào Kolbe came to the United States via New York City in 1972. She left two years later and grew up with her Greek and German parents in the Middle Eastern countries of Qatar and Oman. During April 2010, she returned to her
motherland to document the reunion of forty-seven fellow Vietnamese adoptees from around the world. This collection of photographs and interviews is an ongoing series titled Misplaced Baggage: Same, Same But Different, to be published into a book and traveling
exhibit. For a sample of her portfolio, go to

Thank you to Catalyst Foundation’s East Coast Culture Camp, and to Catalyst Foundation for all the work they do, especially opening a community center in Vietnam. Our vision is to build the Catalyst Foundation Community Center with ten different buildings and areas to provide families with access to services and facilities that contribute to their community’s long-term growth and sustainability. The most essential service at the center will be a safe shelter for women and children that have been abused and victimized.


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