André-Anne Côté

André-Anne Côté

André-Anne is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a Master student in International Relations at Peking University. Her thesis examines the return of Sino-Canadian adoptees to their homeland.

Language spoken
English, Mandarin, French
A journey to my roots as a Chinese adoptee
I always knew I was adopted from China. My parents had adopted children from different origins: China, Haiti, and indigenous people in Canada. My family has always been open to talking about my adoption, and I met many other adoptees in Quebec, where I was raised. Growing up in the only francophone province of Canada, I experienced an invisible wall separating Chinese adoptees and Chinese Canadians. The barrier was mainly linguistic and geographical. It was really hard to communicate with one another because we speak French whereas most Chinese immigrants, living in Chinatown, speak Cantonese or Mandarin, and sometimes English. On one hand, these migrants see us as part of Western society, w