All Stories (45 total)


Zoi Yi Xing Kunkle

Feb 12, 2019

Three days later, after she had been taken to the Chenzhou Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, the umbilical cord dropped off and her birthdate was…


Zoe Watts

Feb 12, 2019

My name is Zoe Watts. I’m an 18-year-old student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, majoring in Studio Art. I was adopted from Yulin…



Feb 12, 2019

I am the adoptive mother of a Chinese son and I worked for a decade in Hunan Province as a volunteer with a Christian NGO. In early 2016, a Chinese…

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Timothy Tian Bao Estes

Feb 12, 2019

Timothy Tian Bao Estes was born with a heart condition. This is the story he remembers about how he came to live in the Luoyang orphanage in Henan…

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Stuy family

Feb 12, 2019

Lan was born and raised in China. The girls are her adoptive daughters. Brian is a Utah native. Together, Lan and Brian help other parents of adopted…

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Sophie Mei (Qiu Mei Hui) Poole

Feb 12, 2019

I am adopted from China, and I have always had a dream to go there and visit the orphanage I spent the first 10 months of my life at. I am 13 years…

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Sarah Heath and Celena Kopinski

Feb 12, 2019

Sarah Heath, 27, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Celena Kopinski, 27, grew up in New York City. They never knew of each other until a chance…


Robin Bell

Apr 23, 2019
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Purtell family

Feb 12, 2019

Kai, 7, and Zoe and Grace, twin 9-year-old sisters, make up the heart and soul of the Purtell household of San Antonio, Texas. Kai has had 12…

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Parrie Liu Miao

Feb 12, 2019

Hello! My name is Parrie Liu and I am a college student in north Texas. Currently, I am studying biology and I want to be a pediatric radiologist.…



Feb 12, 2019

Nora, 13, from Austin, Texas, talked with Our China Stories about celebrating her 8th birthday in China: People would just come up to me and just…

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Naomi Ji

Feb 12, 2019

Naomi AKA 王吉红 was 9 months old when she came home from Shanghai to a bucolic coastal village in the south of England. Now, 20, she is studying…

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Ming Foxweldon

Feb 12, 2019

Hello! My full name is Bai Yi Min (白宜 民) Mershon Blasek Foxweldon and I am almost 25 years old. I've a long story with my name, as it is…

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Miao Miao Dang

Feb 12, 2019

All adoptees want to go back, but I can’t go back. It’s so easy for them, but I have to wait. What am I waiting for? I am waiting to become a…


Lizzie Sterner

Apr 23, 2019
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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,…

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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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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 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,…


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…


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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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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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…


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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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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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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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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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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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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Haven Vander Bie

Oct 4, 2019