Touching Home in China; In Search of Missing Girlhoods
What happens when American teens adopted from China return to the farming
towns where they were abandoned as newborns? When they get to know “hometown”
girls their age, only-child daughters who were raised there, and find out from
them what it’s been like being a girl in rural 21st century China?
This is the story that American adoptees Maya and Jennie, who were adopted
through China Adoption with Love in June 1997, and their new Chinese “hometown”
friends tell in this first-of-its-kind, cross-cultural storytelling project about
growing up female in contemporary rural China. After these girls’ lives began
in the same rural towns, their girlhoods diverged dramatically due to
international adoption. Now, they’ve come together as teenagers to narrate this
journey of discovery through multimedia storytelling.
Abandoned Baby, the first of in our series of iBooks (optimal for interactive
viewing on an iPad), places American adoptees’ early abandonment in the broader
context of China’s one-child policy.
Touching Home, the second iBook in the series, follows the
Americans as they arrive back in their “hometowns” in rural China. Girls who grew up in the
rural towns greet them. The Chinese and American girls discover kinship in
their shared beginnings as they set out to explore differences of experience
and attitude that their distant childhoods created.
is the third iBook in our series. Raised as only-child
daughters, six Chinese girls guide Jennie and Maya through their childhoods,
describing their family circumstances and experiences as girls. In their
mid-20s, they are likely to be wives, and soon after moms, if generational
patterns hold. Yet in rapidly changing China, women’s family lives are in flux.
Touching Home in China expands
storytelling on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and its YouTube channel.
Touching Home in China on Facebook
“Like” the page and click “get notifications” and each day receive posts
about girls and women’s lives in China. Be part of the conversation.
Follow us on Twitter @TouchingHomeChi and keep up with daily news and commentary
about China. We track the tweets of journalists, bloggers, commentators and
Our YouTube channel is home to the videos that appear in the
girls’ stories. Here, too, we post other illuminating videos related to topics
of girls and women’s lives in China.
a link to Touching Home in China on Instagram.