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In the Missionary Position: Emily Prager in China1

In the Missionary Position: Emily Prager in China1

Chapter:
(p.238) In the Missionary Position: Emily Prager in China1
Source:
American Travel and Empire
Author(s):
Judie Newman
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846311802.003.0012

This chapter demonstrates that in her Wuhu Diary (2001), Emily Prager was exploring the origins of her Chinese adopted daughter, and in the process, was forced to reassess her own images of China. Inevitably, there are some signs of Prager compromising with the presentation of China as a picturesque and backward nation, but then her discussion of transnational adoption brings out the inherent complexities of this process. Adoption has to do with the general treatment of baby girls in China, with business since it has its financial side, and even with the geopolitics of America's relation to China. Thus, the chapter restates one of the keynotes of the present volume: namely, that the local is ultimately inseparable from larger international concerns.

Keywords:   Wuhu Diary, Emily Prage, Chinese baby girls, transnational adoption

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