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, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 270 pages
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"In The Lost Daughters of China, Evans explores the emotional and political complexities of an international phenomenon that creates families across the boundaries of culture and geography. She describes the trying but often comic intercontinental journey in which she and her husband - guided by an adoption coordinator known fondly as "Saint Max," and armed with high hopes and powdered formula - trekked with seventeen other families from Hong Kong to the Pearl River Delta to meet their daughters." "At once a compelling personal narrative and an evocative portrait of contemporary China, this book investigates the country's legacy of lost daughters. Evans casts light on an important untold story, delving into the underpinnings of an age-old cultural preference for boys, the machinations of the one-child policy, and the growing pains of modern China. In a sensitive and moving look at the unprecedented mixing of two cultures, she deftly weaves together the tales of the children themselves with the mystery of their anonymous Chinese families who remain in the shadows."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Leslie Lindsay - Goodreads

Beautifully written, honest, and, at times, heart-wrenching journalistic memoir of one American's family journey through Chinese adoption. I was mesmerized by the cultural clash, the descriptions of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Agatha - Goodreads

A re-read for me. This book is out of date in many ways (she adopted her daughter in '97) but, still, the universal emotional experience of adopting a child was there, and for that reason I enjoyed ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

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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