Celebrity Scandal Inspires Reflection on Surrogacy in China

A gossipy breakup scandal became an internet-wide debate about the morality of surrogacy after it was revealed that a former celebrity couple secretly begat children through surrogacy in the United States. Producer Zhang Heng...

Documentary Film ‘Living With Dead Hearts’ Premieres

Charlie Custer and Leia Li’s film “Living With Dead Hearts,” a documentary about child kidnapping in China, is now available online. [vimeo][/vimeo] [Source] At Lost Laowai, blogger...

New Measure Bans Private Adoptions of Orphans

China’s central government announced on Tuesday that individuals and groups who find abandoned children cannot privately adopt them. From the Associated Press: The new rules say people wanting to adopt must go through...

Trailer: Living With Dead Hearts

Charlie Custer of ChinaGeeks and Tech in Asia has released the first official trailer for his forthcoming documentary, Living With Dead Hearts. From the film’s synopsis: As many as 70,000 children are kidnapped and sold in...

Woman Sentenced to Death for Trafficking 49 Children

From the Times of India: The court in Hubei province sentenced Yu Lixiang to death while two others – Du Minghua and Yu’s sister Yu Xiaofen – were sentenced to life terms in prison Friday. The 23-member child...

Most Adoptions from China Now Special-needs Cases

Changing circumstances in China have resulted in an overall decrease in foreign adoptions in recent years, and an increase in the number of special needs children adopted. From AP: Starting in the early 1990s, and as recently as...

A Family in China Made Babies their Business

Continuing their investigation into the orphanage and adoption industry in China, the Los Angeles Times interviews a family in Hunan who ran a lucrative business trafficking babies: His family-run business was racking up sales...

Chinese Babies Stolen by Officials for Foreign Adoption

The Los Angeles Times reported last week on a sinister side of some foreign adoptions in China: Since the early 1990s, more than 80,000 Chinese children have been adopted abroad, the majority to the United States. The...

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...

China Punishes Officials after Babies Taken

Police in Guizhou are investigating a case in which 80 baby girls were removed from their homes and taken to orphanages, and later adopted overseas. From AP: Family planning officials in impoverished Guizhou province’s...

Only One Orphan Adopted After China Quake

The Times reports that only one orphan whose parents were killed in the May 12 earthquake has successfully been adopted: The process of finding new homes for 88 children whose parents have been confirmed dead or who have no...

Adoptions of Chinese Children Increasing – US-China Today

From US-China Today: Over 120,000 children are adopted in the United States every year. In 2006, 6,520 of them came from China, joining more than 56,000 previous adoptees from China. Though the number of foreign children adopted...

Fortune’s Sisters – Brooke Hauser

The New York Times profiles three young girls who were adopted from the same orphanage in China and now are best friends in Brooklyn: There is an ancient Chinese myth that people who are destined to meet are connected from birth by invisible red thread. For three Brooklyn mothers who were strangers until a few […]



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