This New Year’s episode is a particularly special one to me as it was a 20 year reunion with an old friend of mine whose work I came across in the New York Times about his adoption from Vietnam. Entitled ‘Why did she leave me there?’, Kacey talks about the emotional trauma that he faced as a result of his abandonment by his grandmother, and how as a researcher his own ‘hero’s journey’ helped him to want to understand how former gang members deal with trauma and try to move beyond it.
To access the NYT article, see ‘Why did she leave me there?’:
Island in the street: Analyzing the function of gang violence from a culture and conflict perspective
From Dungeon Masters to Keepers of Peace: Tribalism, Dispute Resolution, and Theoretical Intervention within the Prison System
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