Adopted Teen Finds Answers, Mystery in China

The Los Angeles Times tells the story of a Chinese boy adopted by an American woman who traveled back to meet his birth family:

The reunion between Christian, a high school student in Easton, Md., and his birth parents took place Saturday in a Beijing hotel room crowded with well-wishers and media on hand to witness the virtually unprecedented event.

Since the early 1990s, an estimated 75,000 Chinese-born children have been adopted abroad, and although they increasingly visit China on heritage tours, Christian is one of only a few who have managed to chase down their personal history.

“I’m not sure yet,” Christian answered with a teenage boy’s characteristic reticence when asked what he hoped would come of the reunion. “I want to move on.”

Christian’s case is unusual in several respects: He’s male, whereas most adoptees are girls abandoned because of the Chinese preference for boys and the government’s “one child” policy. And unlike most adoptees, who are given up as babies, he lived with his family until he was nearly 7, leaving him with fragmentary memories that became vital clues in the search.


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