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Published on Nov 13, 2015
In sharing the meaning of their own names – and their male cousins’ – teen-aged girls from Xiaxi Town explore how names define family expectations.
This video is a storytelling element in the multimedia book "Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods," which is also a web-based, cross-platform project about contemporary China. Maya and Jennie, who were orphanage crib neighbors in Changzhou, China, are its American narrators, as they return to the farming towns where each was abandoned as a newborn during China's one-child era. Friendships they make with girls their age who grew up in the towns where the adoptees were abandoned provide the American teens with clues about what growing up in rural China is like for girls. In their time together, the American and Chinese girls share insights about their childhood experiences.