For those who paid for tickets in advance, the banquet will take place at Peony Seafood Restaurant on Saturday, from 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Conference Venue Information and Directions

ASAC’s plenary and breakout sessions will take place at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center [] and at the 274 14th Street location of Oakstop []. Please consult the posted program for the location of the events you plan to attend and venue’s websites for more information about directions and parking options in the area. Our events are also accessible from the 12th Street/Oakland City Center Bart Station.


Dear ASAC/AI conference participants:

We are pleased to be able to update you with the following details about our conference next week:

  • The Oakland Marriott City Center has officially agreed to honor the room rates that we negotiated for our attendees. If you made reservations at the Marriott in our room block and decide to stay there, you need do nothing more. However, if you decide to cancel your reservations, please consult your confirmation statement for the cancellation policy to avoid incurring any penalties. Note that some people have had problems completing the transaction online, so you may need to call the 800-number. Please let us know if you have any problems with your cancellation; Marriott management has assured us there should be no issues.

  • We have now updated our program and posted it to the conference website. It includes the locations of the plenaries and breakout sessions. We will also update the website to include links to the venues where the sessions are being held, so you can orient yourself to the area.

  • We will provide box lunches before Friday’s afternoon breakout sessions. If you need a vegan or  gluten free meal or have other special dietary needs, please contact Kim Park Nelson ( by Monday 10/15.

We appreciate your patience with our last minute changes of venue; the decision to relocate from a struck hotel reflects ASAC’s values, and our wish to avoid the disruption to our conference that would be created if we were to ask you to cross a union picket line to attend.




· (This Marriott is covered under a separate labor contract.)

Moving to venues outside of the hotel has created unanticipated costs of nearly $5000.00 for the organization. If you care to donate to ASAC to support the conference and help offset the costs associated with replanning the venue for the conference, please follow this link:

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Dear ASAC/AI Conference Participants:

As some of you may be aware, the hotel workers’ union for the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel voted to initiate strike proceedings on September 18, 2018. Yesterday union members walked out and are actively on strike.

To avoid any disruption of the conference, the ASAC/AI conference planning committee is working on alternative meeting space for our plenaries and breakout sessions.  Though plans have yet to be finalized, we believe conference events will take place at the Oakland Asian Cultural Centre (388 9th Street) and Oakstop (274 14th Street). We are fortunate that these new spaces are close together in Downtown Oakland. For those who have purchased advance tickets, the banquet will still be at the Peony Seafood Restaurant (388 9th Street). An updated version of the program will be uploaded shortly that indicates the new locations.

We understand that this situation may complicate conference logistics, but we also recognize that broad support for organized labor among individuals in our organization may have prevented a large number of presenters and other registrants from attending the conference in the case of a strike.  For this reason, we felt we had no choice but to change the conference location in order to ensure the best conference experience possible for the largest number of participants. We are grateful for your support and patience as we make these adjustments and are confident that our conference will be a success at our new venues.

If you have sleeping room reservations at the Marriott City Center, we believe they will be honored by the Marriott, but have not yet had  final confirmation on this point. We have no way of knowing how long the strike at the Marriott will last; it may still be ongoing over the dates of our conference, or it may be resolved by that time. If you do not wish to cross a union picket line, you may wish to make alternate housing arrangements at a hotel that can be cancelled should the Marriott resolve its labor unrest before our conference. We will update you as soon as more information becomes available.

If you have an questions or concerns, please contact the conference steering committee co-chairs, Cynthia Callahan,, or Jenny Wills,

For information about the strike and alternate hotels in the area should you choose to rebook:

Welcome to ASAC

The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture officially formed, through a constitution established in 1998, under the name The Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Identity, and Kinship.  ASAC promotes understanding of the experience, institution, and cultural representation of domestic and transnational adoption and related practices such as fostering, assisted reproduction, LGBTQ+ families, and innovative kinship formations.  ASAC considers adoptive kinship to include adoptees, first families, and adoptive kin.  In its conferences, other gatherings, and publications ASAC provides a forum for discussion and knowledge creation about adoption and related topics through interdisciplinary culture-based scholarly study and creative practice that consider many ways of perceiving, interpreting, and understanding adoption.