Staff Book Club
This Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Womankind's Care Committee launches its first book club for staff with the inaugural book selection, Stephanie Foo's "What My Bones Know, a Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma."
In our decades-long work with survivors of diverse ages, races, and backgrounds, we've observed that trauma can be passed down from generation to generation--be it trauma from gender-based violence, war, conflict, displacement, or other traumatic historical events. Through reading and discussion, we will learn more about complex and intergenerational trauma, and how anxiety and PTSD has passed down through generations of AAPI communities, manifesting in today's elder and youth populations.
Synopsis: In this deeply personal and thoroughly researched account, Foo interviews scientists and psychologists and tries a variety of innovative therapies. She returns to her hometown of San Jose, California to investigate the effects of immigrant trauma on the community, and while uncovering family secrets in the country of her birth, Malaysia, learns how trauma can be inherited through generations. Ultimately, she discovers that you don't move on from trauma--but you can learn to move with it.