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Susan #49 of 100 Strangers | by web4camguy
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Susan #49 of 100 Strangers

Susan is someone I'd seen in my community,but never exchanged any pleasantries.Matter of fact,crossing the street and entering the grocery store was the extent of our contact.A stranger in my hometown???And with that in mind I asked her to participate in 100 Strangers.

It didn't take long to notice that she's distant & very guarded.

" I was adopted at the age of 2 in S.Korea in 1972. I was given a false name & birthdate.When I celebrate my birthday,and I love birthdays,I'm always a little sad because I know it's not my real birthdate."

Her adoptive parents(Polish father&Italian mother)gave her all the love & support she could ever want,but being the only Asian kid in the neighborhood and in school made fitting in difficult."I've been trying to 'fit in' my whole life.The journey has jaded me,but at least I can recognize it."

She spoke with such candor and vulnerability about the events in her life.Some, just too personal to write for this project.I think I listened more than I ever had on a 100 Strangers shoot.When we were done I gave her a big hug.When I walked away I thought,"I'll never take a birthday for granted again." www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/

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Taken on January 6, 2013