All Stories (45 total)

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Ariah

Feb 11, 2019

I am a 21-year-old currently residing in Berkeley in pursuit of a college degree. I have always wanted to write a book (many people have suggested…

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Audrey Copeland

Feb 12, 2019

My name’s Audrey, and I’m 9 years old. I was adopted on March 24, 2008. I have a great family and many good friends in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I…

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Avery Kimberlin

Feb 12, 2019

Hi! My name is Avery. If you are reading this you will learn a little bit about how I see adoption.  Adoption is when you get chosen by parents who…

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Berry family

Feb 11, 2019

Patty and Jim Berry brought their daughter, Lucy, home to Warren, Michigan, just outside Detroit, in 2013. Lucy, who was 4 when Our China Stories…

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Camille Davis

Feb 12, 2019

Camille, 13, was 9 months old when she came home from Fuling. `I don't remember anything. All I know is from some pictures and from what my parents…

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Caroline Chun Robison Heath

Feb 11, 2019

When I was 10 years old, I  decided that instead of being interviewed, I wanted to interview my parents. I wrote down some questions and asked them…

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Charlotte Cotter and Willa Mei Kurland

Feb 12, 2019

Friends Charlotte and Willa Mei embarked on first family searches, together, in the summer of 2016. They blogged as their searches unfolded. As you…

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Colleen McKisson

Feb 12, 2019

Hi, my name is Colleen.  I’m 11 years old. My older sister, Campbell, is 14 years old, she was also adopted from China. I was taken to the…

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Deborah Amazon

Mar 28, 2019

Deborah Amazon recounts the story of how she came to adopt her daughter, Leah. Leah did not want to participate, but told her mother it was ok for her…

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Delaney Isley

Feb 12, 2019

Hi! I am Delaney I’m 11 years old, I live in Garland, Texas.  I was adopted from the Fuling SWI in Chongqing Province. I love to listen to music, I…

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Emi Pennington

Feb 12, 2019

Is Emi, 14, interested in visiting China? In a word, maybe: `When I get older, much older.` `I want to go visit France and everything before I visit…

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Gao/高

Feb 12, 2019

My name is Gao and I live in The Netherlands. I’m 22 years old and I was adopted at the age of 1 from Xi’an, Shaanxi province in China. For me,…

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Grace Davis

Feb 12, 2019

Hey, I’m Grace Davis, I’m an 18- year- old trying to make my way through life. I was adopted at the age of 7 months to a loving family here in…

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Greta Wohlfeld

Feb 12, 2019

`My name is Greta Wohlfeld and I'm almost 10.` `I used to be in a Girl Scout group with a bunch of people adopted from China and I do celebrate…

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Hannah Weaver

Feb 12, 2019

My name is Hannah Weaver. I was born in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, and adopted at the age of 13 months. I am currently a high school sophomore…

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Harper Wieland

Feb 12, 2019

Before I was Harper, I was called Dong Dong by my care givers in my SWI. I only remember this from the stories I am told by my adoptive mom. I was…

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Helena Hong

Feb 12, 2019

Helena, 15, grew up with a rural family in Heilongjiang Province, in northeastern China - until the day they took her to the local orphanage. She was…

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Ivy Zhuhua Ni Maldonado

Feb 12, 2019

My name is Ivy and my intro to Our China Stories is not like everybody else's story. It's an original, unique and one of a kind story. My story is a…

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Jeanette Scinto

Feb 12, 2019

What would have Dan Dan's life have been like? That is a question I often think about when reflecting on my adoption. Who was I before I was Jeanette…

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Jencie and Juliann Tomasek

Feb 12, 2019

Now 12, Jencie was 5 when her parents adopted Juliann, an experience she calls `cool` though also a learning experience in sharing. `I think it was a…

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Jian Rzeszewicz

Feb 12, 2019

Hello! My name is Jian Rzeszewicz and I'm just a simple 20-year- old college student in the rainy state of Washington trying to find her niche in the…

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Jill Warnke

Feb 12, 2019

Last year I was doing Annie. And there are lots of orphans and I wanted to audition for Tessie. I think she was like 10 years old, or 11, and I…

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Lena

Feb 12, 2019

I am 10 years old and I am in 3rd grade. I am happy to be adopted. I have two moms, two dads, two sisters and one brother! Four of them live in China…

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Li Hua

Feb 12, 2019

Should adoptees go to visit their orphanages in China? That is a question many adoptees think a lot about. Li-Hua was 11 months old when she came home…

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Li Shaofang

Feb 12, 2019

Li Shaofang was 3 months old when her mother arranged her informal adoption by a childless couple in a neighboring village. Her mother was ill and…

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Lilli Hime

Feb 12, 2019

Shame is applying for a visa home, or not knowing how to write your name  The passport office is small & getting smaller with each stroke I try…

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Lily Morris

Feb 12, 2019

I was adopted from Guilin, China when I was 11 months old by my mom, who decided she wanted a baby even though she wasn’t married. My aunt, Jean,…

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Lily Selvaggi

Feb 12, 2019

I haven't really thought much about my Chinese history, maybe because I don't need to think about it in my present-day life, but also because it's…

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Lily Stafeil

Feb 12, 2019

Hi, my name is Lily. I am nine years old and I live in Michigan. I have two big brothers, one younger step brother, one older step sister. My family…

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Lisa Calcasola

Feb 12, 2019

“Where were you born? What time were you born? Do you have a family history of (some allergy or disease)?” These are seemingly simple questions,…