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Abandoned as a baby in China, Jessica Kelly has felt out of place her whole life. Growing up in a town with little diversity and her American mother’s culture, Kelly struggled to find a place where she belonged. Searching for purpose and a sense of belonging, Kelly joined TYS Dance Crew last year. Now going into her fifth year, Kelly leads the team as a co-director and finally feels she has found a place where she can be herself. Over 76,000 children from Asian countries have been adopted by American families. By incorporating their Asian children into American life, many adoptees feel that they do not have a culture for themselves. Although every adoption case is different, Kelly represents many of these children. “To put it simply, it isn’t a piece of cake,” Kay Johnson, a professor of Asian studies at Hampshire College, said. “People tend to have a biogenetic…