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The Lost Daughters of China By Karin Evans Anchee Min,

  • Title: The Lost Daughters of China
  • Author: Karin Evans Anchee Min
  • ISBN: 9781585421176
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Presents a cultural history of the events that led to the controversial one child policy in China and the subsequent generation long abandonment of Chinese daughters to American families.
    The Lost Daughters of China Presents a cultural history of the events that led to the controversial one child policy in China and the subsequent generation long abandonment of Chinese daughters to American families

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    1. The author, Karin Evans, blends the story of adopting her daughter with an exploration of the conditions in China e.g poverty, the so called one child policy that have led to orphanages being filled with baby girls I found parts of the book fascinating and eye opening, but overall, I was left feeling as though Evans kept repeating herself just to fill pages Tighter editing would have helped a lot, but it s still a worthwhile read.An excerpt At the time we began thinking about a baby in China, Ch [...]

    2. I got this from the library right before I left for China wish I had brought it with me instead of waiting until I returned from my trip to read it was very interesting to learn some of the history behind China s one child policy mindset of people there The author has adopted 2 girls from China and shared those experiences as well as gave background of the country.I m glad I read this because in my mind, I thought these girls were just abandoned and left because everyone selfishly wants boyswhil [...]

    3. Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America and the Search for a Missing Past by Karin Evans When I told my friend Bill that I was going to China with my kids to pick up their new daughter, he told me about this book which he was reading Karin Evans is an American who, with her husband, adopted a daughter from China in 1997 While some things have changed since that time and some were different because we are Canadian, it was still a good overview of the process of adopting a child from China Evans [...]

    4. Thoughts just pour into my mind after reading this book Many are questions, such as, Why adopt children from China, when there are so many children here in the U.S who need homes Why spend so much time teaching an adopted child of their birth family Isn t there a need for all of us to teach our children about our eternal family The one we are sealed to for eternity I sit pondering of my own experience in seeking by Roots I have done a great deal of genealogy, and have felt wonderful connections [...]

    5. The first 3 4 of this book are gorgeous Beautifully structured, great narrative thread, multi layered, moving without being cloying, informative without being dry Just truly lovely Politically, the author and I have different visions but she uses such a light hand with the politics that it was easy to overlook the difference In the epilogue things break down The structure falls apart and it teeters on the brink of preachy in spots In regards to the topic of women s rights in China I don t know t [...]

    6. This was one of the best books I have ever read Really opened my eyes before I adopted on the culture of China Once you understand, you can go to China with a peace that their questions about us wanting broken children isn t an insult, but they need to understand our culture.One of the best paragraphs in the book is only a few pages in Why is it the girls who are lost Don t take it personally Please understand that Chinese women are cultivated to suffer Giving away a daughter to someone, a child [...]

    7. Part memoir of adopting her daughter from China, and part accounting of how China s age old son preference coupled with its horrific one child policy led to the disappearance and loss of its daughters At times difficult to read about the colossal human tragedies, but informative and well researched she tells the many stories with honesty and empathy I resonated with the beautiful telling.

    8. Read this book two times The first time was when I first submitted my adoption paperwork and the second time a couple of years after my daughter came home I m glad I read it again, got a whole different perspective after the adoption Funny that both my daugher and Karen s daughter come from southern China I highly recommend this one to adoptive families.

    9. While I appreciate hearing an individual adoption story, I was hoping to read factually supported information Rather, the author s perspective is that of a savior , who talks about the poor impoverished people of China and the many families in the US who want to save the unwanted children It weakens the book greatly, and to be honest I would only recommend the book for those interested in learning about adopting I was interested in learning a nuanced account of the social reasons for the lost [...]

    10. Very sensitive and comprehensive overview of China s adoption process and the forces at work in Chinese society and government that create this culture of abandonment Excellent read.

    11. Karin Evans is the author ofThe Lost Daughters of China Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past, published in 2000 Her book was born out of a series of letters she wrote to her daughter while she and her husband were waiting for her adoption to go through I was just writing, writing while I was waiting for her This is Ms Evans first book she has a background as a journalist She says, In a way, writing a book was very similar to writing a journalistic feature [...]

    12. While this book is now a decade old, it can still serve as good guide to the patience testing ordeal of adopting a child in China Author Karin Evans runs you through the system expectant parents experience and the emotional roller coaster they ride She explains why the child will most likely be a girl and speculates on the girl s short life before adoption.This book fully succeeds on the personal level You empathize with the expectant parents, the abandoned babies and the parents who give them u [...]

    13. In this book, Karin Evans tells her personal story of adopting, along with her husband, two little baby girls from Chinese orphanages The memoir component of the book is moving, but Evans also provides a journalistic examination of the issues surrounding Chinese adoption which I found even interesting The author refers to her writing genre as narrative nonfiction She argues that the cultural preference for sons in China, alongside harsh enforcement of the one child policy by the Chinese governm [...]

    14. The Lost Daughters of China is by far the most saddest book I have ever read Many things on the orphanages in China were facts I did not know This was an eye opener on the social issues going on in China The book touches many aspects on this phenomena and the impact that it has There have been documentaries on the living conditions of the orphanages which I found out there are over 1000 state ran orphanages in China alone The girls that are adopted then have to deal with them discovering who the [...]

    15. As an adoptee from China I was born in 1992, spent time in my orphanage in and out of foster care, and was adopted by my mom at around age two , I found it such a pleasure to read the story of one who had done the adopting I learned so much, and it confirmed my suspicion that it is most likely I have an older sister given the application of the one child policy This book has been sitting on my mom s bookshelf for awhile, but I only just got around to it by purchasing it through a recent BookBub [...]

    16. Story of a woman who adopted a daughter from China She also told of sights the she saw, stories from other adoptive mother and some birth mothers.

    17. This is kind of a weird book It s quite interesting, but by the time I was finished with it, I realized that it s mostly a lot of speculation, some stories of people s personal experiences, and then some speculation There are hardly any hard facts to be found, mostly because China is so secretive, but also because the author is so reticent to pass judgment on China It s a tough call in one way she wants to show respect to the culture that produced her adopted daughter, but how can you respect a [...]

    18. 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 Chinese countryside, and the research that was poured into THE LOST DAUGHTERS OF CHINA Not only did the author beautifully weave in her experiences of adopting Kelly Xiao Yu , but also allowed many research articles, books, and experts to weigh in as well, providing a sensitive and comprehensive read [...]

    19. The Lost Daughters of China is a book that addresses Karin Evans experience adopting her daughter from China While it is important enough with a lot of the history this book despite it being about ten years old.I enjoyed a lot of the history fact of it, and I think this book would be paired well with Ann Hood s fiction book along the same lines, as it gives better history facts.That being said, while I enjoyed parts of it, I had read or previously known a lot of the history of gendercide in Chin [...]

    20. Technically the book seems to be all over the place and I would say it s not well written in that sense It reads like a bunch of letters or diary entries that were polished up, separated from one another, and put together in semi random order There also doesn t seem to be any organization I kept thinking An outline would have helped this book out a lot I would read something, and then 100 pages later read something that seemed related and I would think Why wasn t this grouped together with that [...]

    21. Karin Evans finds balance and harmony between well researched journalistic bits and pieces and thoughtful and quiet moments of personal narrative and poetic prose The Lost Daughters of China Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past is a beautiful and bittersweet book with a sad story, a sagacious storyteller, and a stirring and starting up of sunflower societies in response to the author s tragicomic time traveling trip through a complex and constantly changin [...]

    22. The Lost Daughters of China was a book I wanted to read since I d traveled to China years before I wanted to understand further about the surplus of unwanted female children that no one spoke of while I was there The book will definitely educate you on the historical political reasons baby girls are abandoned or murdered as well as give a small emotional perspective I felt that the mothers were humanized through this book and for the first time really saw the emotions one must have giving up a c [...]

    23. This book is partly about the author s own experience adopting a baby girl from China and partly a broader exploration of women s rights in China and the cultural and political circumstances that have led to so many baby girls being abandoned by their birth mothers It s a good blend of memoir and fact, and I appreciated the author s attempts to understand, respect, and humanize the birth mothers The author s own adoption experience seemed a bit romanticized, although she did speak briefly toward [...]

    24. Good overview of the China adoption process, and an intimate description of Karin Evans adoption of a daughter from China This book clearly explains the historical background and cultural perspectives that lead to the abandonment of baby girls in China, and what the adoption process entails I read this several times while making up my mind about proceeding with and adoption from China, but would recommend it to anyone with an interest in China, not just those adopting from China My sister bought [...]

    25. This was a very interesting book about not only the Lost Daughters of China but also the Lost Mothers of China which I thought was a really big eye opener for me I felt like I put myself in the shoes of an American friend who adopted a child from China and the unseen to me obstacles they may have encountered I believe some of the data has become out of date especially with the new restrictions in Chinese international adoptions but I think it was a very educational read Traveling at such a slow [...]

    26. An interesting discussion about the one child requirement and the abandoned daughters that it is leaving behind and their adoption into other countries A discussion about the responsibility of those people to integrate or open Chinese culture into their lives A discussion about the anticipated consequences of the gender differences A discussion about the social and psychological consequences of not being able to find your birth story at some point because of the abandonment and legal issues Most [...]

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