Dear Lost Daughters Writers,
Your work is so important. Thank you for creating a safe space for adopted people in different countries to come together in your LOST DAUGHTERS blog.
I'm working on a piece called ‘Globalisation and International Adoption from China’ for a 28 chapter book entitled 'The Handbook on Family and Marriage in China’. My chapter is the only one on international adoption and I would really like to use social media to collect your views as adoptees on globalisation and international adoption. I have 3 questions but please just send me your views if you wish? Please also pass this message on to other adoptees if you know about other blog pages, etc.
Here are my questions on globalisation as they relate to international adoption. I'm looking for perspectives from Chinese adoptees, in particular. Your views would be greatly appreciated.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
1. On closer links between different countries particularly in relation to culture…
What are the positives and negatives of this for you?
2. On Organisations that transcend national boundaries - this of course includes the internet!
Have you been involved with non government organisations (NGOs) and support groups across national boundaries - has this been positive or negative?
3. On economic growth is frequently accompanied by widening economic inequalities…
What is your experience of this in relation to China?
A key aspect of my analysis is that factors such as economic inequalities, worldwide communication, and the influence of international organisations contribute to the effects of globalisation in relation to inter country adoption.
Many thanks for your help.
With very best wishes,
Professor Monica Dowling
Thomas Coram Research Unit
The UCL Institute of Education
University of London
27 Woburn Square
London, WC1H 0AA
Thursday, June 16, 2016
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