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Many books will tell you "How." This one tells you "Why.",
This review is from: The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and Their Searchfor a Missing Past (Hardcover)
I do not give five star ratings lightly. This book is a gem. As other reviewers have mentioned, this book is part Chinese adoption "how to" and part travel diary. Both those sections are admirably done, but I treasure this book because Karen Evans presents a succinct summary of the causative factors of child abandonment in China.
I would strongly recommend that anyone who has adopted from China or may adopt in the future read this book, for the sake of your daughter. Ideally, adopted children should have some contact with their biological parents. This isn't possible for our Chinese daughters. They will almost definitely want to know why they were abandoned. Evan's book explains the subordinate position of women in Chinese society, the factors that drive the need of Chinese parents for a son, and the origins of the one-child policy and how it works (or doesn't work.)
In addition, _Lost Daughters of China_ will educate anyone with an interest in the status of women in the world.