An instant classic upon publication in hardcover in 2000,. The Lost Daughters of China presents both a compelling. and informative look at the Chinese adoption process. In this book, Karin Evans tells the story of adopting her. daughter Kelly, who was one of the hundreds of thousands of. infant girls who wait for parents in orphanages all over China at. any given time. Evans artfully weaves this personal account with. extensive insights into the conditions that have led to generations. of abandoned Chinese girls and a legacy of lost women. Recently, the Chinese government has made many significant. changes in their policies with regard to international. adoption, and in this fully revised and updated edition Evans. addresses these changes. Many of the first girls to be adopted. from China are now in their teens (China opened its doors to. international adoption beginning only in the early 1990s), and. Evans also includes in this edition moving stories of these. girls experiences growing up in the United States, and in some. cases, returning to China in search of their roots. The Lost Daughters of China is a beautifully written portrait of. Chinese adoption.
A Must Read for Parents of Children From China
By A Customer - June 25, 2000
Those of us who are fortunate enough to raise a Chinese child must read this well-written book. There are scads of adoption books that tell one how to adopt a child, or the story of a particular adoption journey. This title includes that information but adds important data not included in other adoption books.Using scholarly and other reliable print resources, the author presents an accurate (as far as we in the West know) description of WHY Chinese girls are abandoned in such great numbers. She outlines the horrifying reasons behind the one-child policy in China, discusses how the law is enforced or not enforced in various Chinese regions, and the cultural preference for boys. More importantly, the book includes some information on the grief felt by those parents forced to abandon a daughter.When our daughters from China are older, they will almost certainly want to know why they were abandoned. This title cannot speak to all individual circumstances, but it... read more
Evans Has Done a Tremendous Service by Writing this Book
By Xoe Li Lu "xoelilu" - May 8, 2001
Karin Evans has done a great service by writing this book. While it is an invaluable resource to present and future adoptive parents of Chinese children, it is also an important reminder for everyone of the situation in China that has lead to the abandonment of countless baby girls.Evan's story is tremendously moving, although she never resorts to gimmicky heartstring pulling. She tells the barefaced truth about Chinese adoption, complete with the anxiety, frustration, confusion and utter joy that accompanies the process. She also very intelligently outlines the underlying factors that enable Americans to adopt Chinese babies in the first place. While never accusing or pointing a finger, she thoughtfully presents well-researched information about China's one-child policy and the cultural preference for male children, and discusses government attempts to curb population. She explores the anguish experienced by Chinese birth parents who must give up their children in hope of... read more
Many books will tell you "How." This one tells you "Why."
By Constant Librarian "constantlibrarian" - September 28, 2000
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... read more
A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve ...