Adopted Chinese Americans begin root-seeking journey

July 28th, 2011 - 11:11 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 28 (IANS) Adopted Chinese children from 90 American families have begun a journey to their native country in search of their roots.

The China-born children - aged four to 18 - were invited to return to their birthplace or orphanage and attend activities that would help them get a better understanding of China, the ministry of civil affairs said.

Most of the adopted children are from Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi Zhuang provinces, Xinhua reported.

Along with their American parents, the adopted children have a fully-packed schedule, including visits to China’s most renowned places of interest like Chengdu, home to the giant pandas, and Xi’an, where the terracotta warriors are.

Ellen Doolin, a mother of five adopted Chinese kids, said the trip to China would help the parents see for themselves the lifestyle their children once lived before leaving for the US.

Dou Yupei, vice minister of civil affairs, said China’s door was always open to the outside world to help orphans have the best family.

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