Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods

Tue, Nov 1, 2016 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Two American adoptees return to rural towns in eastern China where each was abandoned as a newborn girl under the country’s one-child policy. In Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods, these U.S. teens hang out with “hometown” Chinese girls who teach them about what it’s like growing up as a girl in 21st century China. Followed by Q&A with the project's transmedia producer and writer Melissa Ludtke and her daughter, Maya, one of the adoptees featured in Touching Home in China.

About Melissa and Maya Ludtke

In her award-winning career as a journalist, producer and author Melissa Ludtke reported at Sports Illustrated, was a correspondent with Time, and the editor of Nieman Reports at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Her lifelong engagement with girls and women’s issues led her to write On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America (Random House, 1997). She intends to write a narrative social history of the 1970s women’s movement, drawing from her experience as plaintiff in the federal case Ludtke v. Kuhn. That case secured equal access for women to report, as male reporters did, in Major League Baseball locker rooms.

Maya Xia Ludtke is a sophomore at Wellesley College. She has not decided her major, but she is leaning toward environmental studies. Maya was born in Jiangsu Province and was adopted from China when she was an infant. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated in 2014 from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.


This program is co-presented with Families with Children from China