All Stories (43 total)


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…



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…


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…



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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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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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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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…


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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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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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…


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…



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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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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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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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…


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…

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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…

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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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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…


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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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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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.…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…