"The universal and most pressing questions for transracial and transnational adoptees are Why didnt my first parents keep me? and Why couldnt I grow up in the land of my birth? Kay Johnsons remarkable book documents the reasons why so many children were available for international placement, and it also illuminates the long-hidden story of adoptive parents in China, who take in far more foundlings than are adopted overseas. This is an essential book for parents, professionals, and others interested in international adoption. But above all it is a gift to the children themselves when they are older, for it will help them understand the competing pressures on birth and adoptive parents at a time of tremendous social change in China." --Jane Brown, MSW, creator of Adoption Playshops for Children
"I am exceedingly grateful for this volume because--as Amy Klatzkin puts it in her Introduction--it provides not only an historical record for future adult adoptees, but also a history of the present for everyone touched by adoption from China. In Kay Johnsons hands, that would mean just about all of us. Johnson displaces the polarity of prepackaged answers and hopeless confusion surrounding the abandonment and adoption of Chinese children with careful, humane, and nuanced scholarship. Her research connects the everyday work of caring for children to larger political and social processes, and individual kinship decisions to the broader complex of human relations. This book warrants a wide readership, from people who know a child adopted from China to anyone who wants to better understand families and social welfare in contemporary China." --Sara Dorow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta, and author of When You Were Born in China.
And the fact remains that more sons will result in more old-age security for the parents.
This book provided me with enlightening information to questions that my little mind had been pondering regarding my daughter's early life.
Wonderful book that I am suggesting to all family members that they read in order to better understand the situation in China.
I read this before adopting our first daughter from China-really and eye opener- full of great research and statistics(which I did not mind but someone else might find hard to... Read morePublished on April 6, 2007 by Skinny V
This book presents lots of information. I did find some chapters seemed repetitive as others suggested. Read morePublished on August 25, 2006 by T. Smyth
The book was very disjointed and repetitive. I guess that each chapter was written as a separate journal article. Read morePublished on June 8, 2006 by Chloe
I am a graduate student studying the One Child Policy, orphanges, and abandonment in China. I found this book to be very informative. Read morePublished on March 19, 2006 by TDPM
This is a book that would not necessarily appeal to the casual reader. This is a work that is filled with statistics and analyses. Read morePublished on March 9, 2006 by A. Brazzeal
This book was good. I needed to fill some time while waiting to adopt our daughter in China. Although I did plow through this book I have to admit unless I was actually studying a... Read morePublished on October 11, 2005 by Shellie Honemann
There is no question that this book is academic in tone. It was written by an academic, Dr. Kay Johnson. Read morePublished on June 10, 2005 by Eno fan
Wonderful book that I am suggesting to all family members that they read in order to better understand the situation in China. Read morePublished on November 1, 2004 by CLM Dumfries, VA
The review written by "Disappointed" on Feb. 23, 2004 really embarrasses me on behalf of Chinese adoptive families everywhere. Read morePublished on March 10, 2004