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Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China (Anglais) Relié – août 2003

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 23 février 2005
Par Charger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is an excellent work on the population control and adoption policies of communist China. Very detailed and very educational. Explored the causes of abandonment and posited some unexpected conclusions about this issue. One of the best books I have read in a long time.

The only criticism I have is that the author seems to go to great lengths to show that Chinese society has come to value daughters in a way that it did not do so in the past (thus, the book's title). The author asserts that, after having a first son (who will be relied upon for social security in the old age of his parents), Chinese families are more than willing to accept and value a daughter as a second child. However, while there are certainly parents who will make this claim (perhaps because it would be shameful to claim otherwise), the fact remains that almost every infant abandoned in China and almost every child living (and dying) in a Chinese orphanage is a girl. This hardly reflects a new-found appreciation of the value of girls. And the fact remains that more sons will result in more old-age security for the parents. Chinese parents who value one son for the security he can offer will value two sons for the added security.

If you have been touched by adoption from China or just have an interest in China or its population control policies, then this book is worth its weight in gold. Kay Ann Johnson has done a wonderful job.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wanting a daughter, Needing a son- review from a adoptive parent 11 octobre 2005
Par ShellBell8 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book was good. I needed to fill some time while waiting to adopt our daughter in China. Although I did plow through this book I have to admit unless I was actually studying a certain demographic or had an academic interest in China and their "one child" policy I think it would be a somewhat "dry" read. Now, if you are intrested in the politics and culture, as well as the present, past and future reguarding the population and child bearing policy as well as domestic and international adoption; the book could be a good resourse. I have found it educational and indeed an asset in having a background on why my future daughter was given up by her birth parents in China and for answering the slew of questions I will be asked upon her arrival as I am sure many people in our community will have. This book is very helpful if you have ever wanted to know "WHY".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Criticism misplaced 11 juin 2005
Par Eno fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
There is no question that this book is academic in tone. It was written by an academic, Dr. Kay Johnson. It contains extremely important information and analysis, and the criticism that it is "academic" is not fair. I'd urge all with an interest in the topic to read Kay Johnson's book, along with the Karin Evans book. Incidentally, Kay Johnson is doing very important and useful work on the ground in China, to try to bring better lives to AIDS orphans.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed 23 février 2004
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As an adoptive parent of two daughters, both adopted from China, I bought this book and eagerly awaited its arrival. Kay Ann Johnson does supply many interesting insights into the circumstances into which our children were born (most of our daughters have one or more birth siblings, probably sisters, living in China today). Many of them are also heartbreakingly sad (the infant mortality rate for foundlings in China exceeds 50% in many provinces). But her repeated puzzlement that China doesn't pursue domestic adoption more vigorously left me agape. Why would a country that heavily fines women for bearing second or third children, even forcibly sterilizing them, want to keep "over-quota" children in their own country when the explicit population policies run directly counter to that end? And why is Johnson so convinced that domestic adoption is preferable to international adoption? (She's certainly not alone in this belief. But Johnson's only stated reason is that domestic adoption is the clear preference of the Hague Convention; and all we have to do is look to the horrendous consequences of China's population initiatives to know that no policy is right just because it's a policy.) I'm sure it's true that many Chinese people love their adopted children as much as their biological ones (but many of her examples showed the opposite, too). But what is the terrible downside to international adoption? I don't think that international adoption is a wonderful solution because of the material and educational advantages that many of our daughters enjoy, but because these children are so deeply and sincerely wanted by their families. Being raised by the woman on whose doorstep you were abandoned can't really be a happier fate than being raised by parents who wanted a child so badly that they endured endless bureaucracy and travelled half way around the world to have a daughter, can it?
The book is also highly repetitive, separate articles that cover the same terrain, often in the exact same words as previous chapters. And the academic-speak is tiresome and relentless.
Anyone interested in the topic should try "The Lost Daughters of China" instead.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Informative, yet repetitive 19 mars 2006
Par TDPM - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am a graduate student studying the One Child Policy, orphanges, and abandonment in China. I found this book to be very informative. It provided many statistics, which I found useful, and gave new insight into the topic of abandonment. The author's research is fairly limited - she interview ~750 families, but was suggestive nonetheless. Because the book is a compliation of essays, it is pretty repetitive. I would be interested in more academic works on this subject from Johnson.

Be careful about non-academic works written on this subject... they are often a lot of "fluff" based on emotions and rumors, instead of fact. If you are looking for a book to educate yourself and your adopted daughter on China's population policy consequences, then this book would give you an accurate picture.

There has been a lot of news articles recently (3/2006) about Chinese orphanages that are buying/stealing children for sale to American parents. I wonder how the author would consider this in future books?
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