Episode 43 | Transnational & Cross Cultural Adoption

by Invisible India Podcast

 “It is ok to embrace the other side of yourself. It is also ok not to.”

-Jacob on “Transnational and Cross-Cultural Adoption

This month we are focusing on Transnational Adoption and hearing the stories of 3 families who are perfectly blended, where at least one member of the family is South Asian. 

  • What is it like to be adopted as a Tibetan-Nepali child into a totally different culture across the world? 
  • Have you imagined the joys and challenges of being Indian parents of an adopted African-American child?
  • Consider being in the shoes of two Australian parents living in India with two adopted Indian children.

Hear from these three perspectives on Episode 43.


This week, we hear from Jacob, born into a Tibetan Nepali family, who was later adopted by an American family and raised in Indiana. As an adult, Jacob went back to Nepal for a job and reconnected with his family, learned the language and immersed himself in Nepali culture for several years. He talks about wrestling with his identity, and the joys of his ever expanding family ties.

Our second guest is Mahi. Mahi and her husband are an Indian American couple in a metropolitan city in the US. They both work in communities where they serve low-income African American families and have felt the desire to foster and adopt a child from that community.  Their open-minded, welcoming approach will touch your heart.

Listen in to our next episode for part 2 of Mahi’s story and hear from Melinda in Australia who is raising two Indian teens in Australia after decades in India.

A listener alerted us to this important petition regarding promotion of adoption in India. Please sign it and make a difference!


The Invisible India Podcast’s opening and closing music is performed by Christopher Hale on Sitar and Ed Hanley on Tabla.

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