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Special FCC talk w Prof. Kay Johnson, author of China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy

  • 06/25/2016
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • P.S. 130. 143 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013


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4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Location: P.S. 130, 143 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

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Event for Adults and Teens 16+ - Content discussed may be sensitive and is for mature audiences

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A special talk for FCC Members and Friends by

Professor Kay Johnson, author of

China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy

(University of Chicago Press, 2106)


Kay Johnson (author of Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption and Orphanage Care in China, 2004), will discuss the contents of her new book on China’s “hidden children,” which has been reviewed to acclaim in the Financial Times, The New York Review of Books, Literary Review, and Foreign Affairs, among others.


Come and learn about how the same policy that created a large population of baby girls in Chinese orphanages that fueled a wave of international adoption, has created a new generation of off-quota “hidden children,” whose parents chose to keep them in the face of extreme difficulties. Her study of Chinese birth families upsets the widespread notion that baby girls were abandoned in large numbers, particularly in the early life of the one-child policy, simply because they were unwanted by Chinese families.


Kay Johnson is a Professor of Asian studies and Politics at Hampshire College and a leading scholar on China’s population control and family-planning policies, children’s welfare in China and domestic and international adoption from China. Kay Johnson is also a longtime FCC member.

Her daughter, LiLi Johnson, adopted from China, is a PhD student in American Studies at Yale University. LiLi’s plug:

For those interested in hearing stories about Chinese birth parents, my mom's book came out today. I often wonder about my birth family and what the story of my own abandonment is. My mom devoted her professional life to gathering these stories and doing justice to both me and my birth parents.

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