The Lost Daughters of China: Adopted Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past

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Penguin, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 380 pages
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In 1997 journalist Karin Evans walked into an orphanage in southern China and met her new daughter, a beautiful one-year-old baby girl. In this fateful moment Evans became part of a profound, increasingly common human drama that links abandoned Chinese girls with foreigners who have traveled many miles to complete their families.

At once a compelling personal narrative and an evocative portrait of contemporary China, The Lost Daughters of China has also served as an invaluable guide for thousands of readers as they navigated the process of adopting from China. However, much has changed in terms of the Chinese government?s policies on adoption since this book was originally published and in this revised and updated edition Evans addresses these developments. Also new to this edition is a riveting chapter in which she describes her return to China in 2000 to adopt her second daughter who was nearly three at the time. Many of the first girls to be adopted from China are now in the teens (China only opened its doors to adoption in the 1990s), and this edition includes accounts of their experiences growing up in the US and, in some cases, of returning to China in search of their roots.

Illuminating the real-life stories behind the statistics, The Lost Daughters of China is an unforgettable account of the red thread that winds form China?s orphanages to loving families around the globe.

  

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Review: The Lost Daughters of China

User Review  - Bethany - Goodreads

Some of the information in this book is now dated (adoption of a girl or child without special needs is not done very much anymore, among other things), but it was an interesting look at the attitude that existed (and possibly still exists in many ways) about girls and women. Read full review

Review: The Lost Daughters of China

User Review  - Goodreads

Some of the information in this book is now dated (adoption of a girl or child without special needs is not done very much anymore, among other things), but it was an interesting look at the attitude that existed (and possibly still exists in many ways) about girls and women. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Journey to the East
13
From China with Love
50
Down the River
79
The OneChild MaybeOneMore Policy
101
The Taming Power of the Small
127
Matters of Life and Death
160
EastWest Lives
183
In the Light of the Autumn Moon
210
The Search for Roots
223
Double Happiness
242
Through the Chinese Looking Glass
250
Epilogue
271
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Karin Evans, a former editor at Outside magazine, senior editor for Health magazine, and senior editor for the San Francisco Examiner's Sunday magazine, was a founding editor of Rocky Mountain Magazine. Evans spent two years working at Newsweek's Hong Kong bureau.

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