Letters to the Editor
The following two letters were in response to Peter Bart’s column “China keeps a wary lid on its pop culture,” which was datelined Beijing and ran in the Oct. 4 issue.To The Editor: If you guys think the Chinese “sell” their daughters to Westerners, then you obviously don’t know much about the complicated social situation in China. Your article was inaccurate as well as hurtful to adoptive parents and their children. And it is terribly belittling to the Chinese citizens, who often make very difficult decisions when faced with situations that Americans couldn’t even imagine. By the way, parents in America spend countless thousands of dollars per child on modern medical expertise and sometimes even infertility treatments. Does that mean they “bought” their children? How about people in the U.S. who pay medical and other expenses for birthmothers who are often poor/very young as part of domestic adoptions. Did they “buy” their children?
(White signs himself “the proud father of Natalie Grace Zihui White, who became a U. S. citizen on Jan. 20, 2004.”)
(Johnson signs herself as “the loving mother to Lily and Jing-Jing.”)