From China With Love: A Long Road to Motherhood

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Wiley, Apr 10, 2006 - History - 312 pages
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Although Emily Buchanan had a highly successful career in broadcasting and a loving husband there was something missing from her life: she desperately wanted children. After the trauma of three miscarriages, Emily and her husband Gerald were forced to accept the knowledge that they would not be able to have children of their own and decided to look into adoption. Their desire to have a very young baby led them to consider an adoption from abroad. As a journalist Emily knew only too well the sad plight of many children in the world trafficked to desperate couples and determined that her child had to come from a country where adoption was properly regulated.

In this touching story Emily describes their first meeting with Jade Lin, who had been left on the steps of an orphanage in a small town in Inner Mongolia just after she had been born. Unlike many of the thousands of less fortunate babies abandoned each year in China, Jade Lin had been placed with a foster family before being approved for adoption and allocated to a family. It was love at first sight for Emily and Gerald, but they still had obstacles of language and culture to cross, as well as dealing with the reaction of friends and family back at home. This diary tells in vivid detail the highs and lows of Emily’s journey to motherhood.

"extraordinarily brave and honest, and written with great clarity. I can't remember reading anything on the subject that was as open,... or done with as much dignity. ...neither of us could puit it down, and we were both very moved by it. John Simpson

"A delightful and candid account of a quest for much wanted children." Kate Adie

"A factual and honest account of a mother's journey in adopting two daughters from China." Adeline Yen Mah

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A good book about a woman in England and her journey to adopt from China. This is a good book for those that deal with infertility. It is also neat to have a look at how the system works in England ... Read full review

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A very interesting read for people wanting to find out more about adoption,especially from China. Emily's journalistic links gives informative approach about chid welfare across the globe and makes an interesting read. I thought I knew a lot about the one child policy etc, but this book really hits home the devastating effects of the policy for China's lost children, their birth mothers and the growing need for increased funding for the social welfare services. 


A Tunnel at the End of the Light
The Long March to Motherhood
Chinese Revelations

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Emily Buchanan is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. Educated at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Sussex University and City University, she has worked for the BBC for over twenty years.  As a producer and correspondent for BBC News and Current Affairs she specialised first in politics and more recently in the developing world and religion. She has made documentaries for Newsnight, Assignment and Correspondent on BBC 2 and has presented Radio 4’s A World in Your Ear. Currently she is a World Affairs Correspondent, living in London with her husband and two children.

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