2022 Women’s History Month - Girls Adopted from China

by Fang

In 2015, China announced that every family would be allowed to have 2 children, which officially terminated its 35 years of one-child policy starting from 1980. Behind this small piece of history, millions of baby girls were induced abortion, abandoned or killed due to the policy and the peoples’ preference to have male children, particularly in rural areas. From 1999 to 2018, an estimated 110,000 children were adopted globally from Chinese orphanages, mostly girls. More than 80,000 of them came home all the way from overseas to America. Some already got married and had their own babies. Some won the Olympics. Have you ever seen their cheers and tears? Do you want to share their stories and dreams? Here is a list of some wonderfully inviting picture books about these girls’ adventures!

One of the consequences from the one-child policy is that China’s overall sex ratio became notably skewed toward males, leaving a large group of single men desiring partners for marriage. The situation exacerbated the long lasting and extensive human trafficking crimes in the country, resulting in a major threat to the safety of women and children. Numerous women were kidnapped, traded and tortured to death or mental illness. Their families were left desperate and broken hearted. One of the sad stories was told by Yang Li in his 2014 movie: Blind Mountain, in which the tragic heroine was drugged and sold as the "bride" of a rural brute after graduating from college.

Once again, we're celebrating the Women’s History Month in March. However, in Xuzhou, and some other parts of China, there are still women who are chained or caged as sex slaves and fertility machines. See press release:
We pray for the wellbeing and freedom of every single victim who is in burning need of attention and rescue. We call for the sun of righteousness to shine down on every sinful corner of the world.

The year of the baby

Cheng, Andrea.

jFICTION Cheng Andrea

Fifth-grader Anna is concerned that her baby sister Kaylee, adopted from China three months ago, is not thriving so she and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that may save the day.

Mei-Mei's lucky birthday noodles

Chen, Shan Shan (Chef), author.

jE Chen

On her sixth birthday, Mei Mei puts on a special new dress and helps her adoptive mother make a traditional birthday dish from Mei Mei's home country, China, to share with her loving family. Includes recipe for Lucky Birthday Noodles.

Sweet moon baby : an adoption tale

Clark, Karen Henry.

jE Clark

The smiling moon watches over a baby girl in China whose parents love her but cannot take care of her, and guides a childless couple that lives far away to the daughter for whom they yearn.

Star of the Week : a story of love, adoption, and brownies with sprinkles

Friedman, Darlene.

jE Friedman

As her turn to be "Star of the Week" in her kindergarten class approaches, Cassidy-Li puts together a poster with pictures of her family, friends, and pets, and wonders about her birthparents in China.

A most unusual day

Mallery, Sydra, author.

jE Mallery

Caroline is anxious all day at school, nervous about her newly-adopted sister's arrival from far away.

Every year on your birthday

Lewis, Rose A.

jE Lewis

Each year on the birthday of her adopted Chinese daughter, a mother recalls the moments they have shared, from the first toy to the friends left behind in China.

The red thread : an adoption fairy tale

Lin, Grace.

jE Lin

A sad king and queen find joy and happiness after a mysterious red thread leads them to a baby waiting to be adopted.

Blind mountain.


In his first film since the acclaimed and equally devastating Blind shaft, Director Li Yang turns from corruption of China's illegal mining to the even more horrifying illegal trade in women. Bax Xuemei is young college graduate who yearns for a life as budding urban capitalist but ends up drugged and sold as the "bride" of rural brute.