Families with Children from China New England

Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods

  • 02 May 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Porter Square Books 25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140

Come hear Maya Ludtke and her mother Melissa Ludtke discuss "Touching Home in China"

Two girls were abandoned in China as newborns and adopted by American parents when they were nine months old. As teenagers, they returned to the farming towns in China where their lives began. Girls their same age who’d grown up in these towns showed the American girls what it’s like to be a rural daughter in 21st century China. As the adoptees and Chinese girls spent time together, they shared stories about their different life experiences, while also discovering some common threads. 

Maya Ludtke, one of the teenagers who made this journey of discovery, and her mother, Melissa, who wrote Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods, will read from the book and Maya will talk about what she learned about girlhood in rural China and how this experience affected her own sense of personal identity. 

Maya will graduate from Wellesley College with her degree in environmental studies at the end of May. Melissa Ludtke is an award-winning journalist and the author of On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America. She is writing a book about Ludtke v. Kuhn, her 1978 legal case that won equal access for women sports reporters. She is also a former board member of FCCNE and editor of the FCCNE newsletter The China Connection.

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