West Meets East: Americans Adopt Chinese Children

West Meets East: Americans Adopt Chinese Children

West Meets East: Americans Adopt Chinese Children

West Meets East: Americans Adopt Chinese Children

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This book was conceived as an opportunity to document some of the issues confronting Americans who adopted children from the People’s Republic of China in the 1990s. The main edifice for the book is a survey of 526 parents with children from China that was conducted in 1996. In writing the chapters, we drew on many other sources as well, including first-person stories, relevant historical accounts, and an unusual key informant perspective on Chinese culture and values. The product is intensely personal at the same time that it is social and political.

Although there has not been systematic research, there is every indication from parental reports that children adopted from China are doing very well. This contrasts strongly with portraits of some other international adoptions of traumatized and neglected orphans in countries other than China. The parents in our survey wrote enthusiastically about their children with the excitement that is characteristic of new parents everywhere. In the words of one new father, “This adoption is the . . .

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