“Going home Barbie”

Should 'Going Home Barbie' go to more homes?
By Maria DiDanieli


     If a little girl is on your shopping list this holiday season,
rest assured the popular Barbie line of dolls will be foremost in your
mind. (And if not in yours, it certainly will be on hers) Although the
basic Barbie, now with a smaller chest and finally wearing knickers, is
always a good choice, there are many permutations of Barbie from which
to choose. International Barbies, princess Barbies, single Barbies
enjoying lives of frolic and more sedate, domesticated versions that
represent the young beauty's wishes to settle down.

    
But there is one Barbie that cannot be found in any store or through
any website. She is officially called 'Going Home Barbie' but her
nick-name is 'White Swan Barbie' after the one location in the world,
The White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China, where she can be obtained.
But, ask not 'where can she be found?' Rather, ask 'what do I have to
do to get her?' The answer to this is quite specific. To become the
proud owner of a 'Going Home Barbie', you must: a) adopt a child from
China, and b) stay at the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou while awaiting
clearance for an exit visa, for your baby, from the U.S. government.
There is no other way to come into possession of the 'Going Home
Barbie'. No amount of money will get you one. Even if you are an avid
collector of the ever growing, plastic bombshell species, this
particular version will remain beyond your reach. Furthermore, even if
you adopted a child from China and would like one as a souvenir of this
important event in your life, Mattel simply will not send one your way.

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