Adoptees Out Loud

Friday, June 10, 2016

Community Building Dinner featuring logo_adoption_initiativeThe AIC presents Adoptees Out Loud 

Join us for an evening of rap, rock, comedy and solo performance… Adoptees Out Loud will showcase adoptees giving voice to their diverse experiences via equally diverse performances. (Conference registration includes at ticket to this dinner and performance.)


Adoptees Out Loud Performance

Live Performers: Amy Mihyang Ginther, MA, University of California-Santa Cruz, Zara Phillips, Author, Singer, Songwriter, Performer, and Nationally Recognized Speaker & HeeSun Lee, Singer/Songwriter

Contributing Performers: Joe Klocek, Comedian, Aron Moxley & Liz Semons, Singer/Songwriter

About Adoptees Out Loud Performers

Live Performers


Amy Mihyang Ginther
:  Amy is a professor of Acting and Voice at UCSC and has performed in the US, UK (Edinburgh/Brighton Fringe), and Seoul. Her first solo show, between, premiered in New York in 2005. Amy is currently working on a new full-length piece that explores themes of travel, grief, and adopted identity.


ZphillipsZara Phillips: Adoptee/singer songwriter/Actor. Zara has presented many workshops on the topic of adoption and addiction, and becoming a Mother. She wrote a song with DMC called ‘ImLegit’ on the plight of opening birth records in the U.S.Author of ‘Mother Me’ ,director of ‘Roots Unknown’ and writer and performer of her award winning one woman show ‘Beneath My fathers Sky’. last year Zara was thrilled to be a recipient of the “Angel in Adoption Award’.


HeeSun Lee:
HeeSun Lee is an artist whose presence, talent and life story has opened eyes in the hip hop community. Born in Korea and adopted and raised in Staten Island, NY, HeeSun is new school HIP-HOP, with a touch of SOUL, KPOP, and R&B vibes. This best describes HeeSun Lee’s sound. She is like no other, and along with breaking stereo-types, her edgy and positive performance style is also breaking all the rules and providing a strong female image to her fans.


Contributing Performers

Joe Klocek:
Joe is a square peg in a round hold world. Raised in the Mid-West he has manners, but living in San Francisco for twenty years he thinks he’s better than you. Joe’s performed in San Francisco, China, and almost every place in between as a storyteller and stand-up.


Aron Moxley:
Born somewhere outside of Saigon and sent to an orphanage in Vihn Long. During the fall of Saigon most all of the babies got fake birth certificates and flew us out in “operation babylift.” I was adopted into a Caucasian family that had two biological daughters. Years later my family adopted 3 siblings from the Philippines. Lots of rice. Anyhow I’m Aron and I made rock and roll.


Liz Semons:
Liz Semons is an inspiring Songwriter/writer. Liz is a biracial adoptee who was adopted transracially. In 2010 Liz was unexpectedly reunited with her biological family. Since that day Liz has been writing adoption songs and is very excited for the opportunity to share them with the adoption community.