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

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J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 282 pages
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Proclaimed an instant classic upon its hardcover publication, The Lost Daughters of China is at once compelling and informative. Journalist Karin Evans tells the story of adopting her daughter, Kelly, who was once one of the hundreds of thousands of infant girls who wait for parents in orphanages all over China. Weaving her personal account with extensive research, Evans investigates the conditions that have led to generations of abandoned Chinese girls and a legacy of lost women. With a new epilogue added for the paperback edition, this book will appeal to anyone interested in China and in the emotional ties that connect people regardless of genes or culture. In the words of bestselling novelist Amy Tan, The Lost Daughters of China is "not only an evocative memoir on East-West adoption but also a bridge to East-West understanding of human rights in China."

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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

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Terrific, compassionate book about the mothers of girls adopted from China. Good for any parenting adopting internationally. Read full review


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About the author (2001)

KARIN EVANS has been a writer and editor at many major national publications, including "Newsweek", "Outside, "and "Health. "Her writing has also appeared in such places as "More Magazine", the "Los Angeles Times" and the "New York Times. "Her book, "The Lost Daughters of China "(Tarcher, Penguin/Putnam, 2000) was a national bestseller. With Amy Tan, she co-authored the text for "Mei-Mei: Portraits from a Chinese Orphanage" (Photographs by Richard Bowen, Chronicle Books, 2005).

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