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Happy Family: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Beautifully written, inaccurate account

    This book was beautifully written and I loved Hua's viewpoint. The author did not do enough research on American adoption of Chinese children. She got some of the details wrong, and I think it was arrogant to assume that bringing these little girls to the US will not necessarily give them a better life and that they will not enjoy the love of an extended family. Unlike the China the world saw at the Beijing Olympics, the China I saw when I went to rescue my daughter from indifference, lack of much needed medical care and no future was one of staggering poverty and hopelessness. Every American family of adopted Chinese daughters that I know go to great lengths to give their children a knowledge and pride of their Chinese culture, while giving them the opportunity for world class medical care, a first rate education through college and a loving family that may not look like them, but love them dearly. Still, I recommend the book, the writing is excellent, Hua's story is intriguing and I would like to hear more about her life.

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