going strong, China can afford to be more selective. "I think they are
saying, you know what, we have fewer children now and so we are looking
for better parents," Zhong says. His organization has experienced a
drop from 1,152 in 2005 to 422 in 2008. And while Beijing's
new standards may sound harsh to Americans with their hearts set on a
baby, they have little influence in the matter. "These are China's
children and they can set the requirement to what they deem is best,"
Derek Hommel never imagined he'd someday speak to his birth mother face to face.
During a trip to South Korea in 2008, he decided to search for her.
Within two months, he reunited with his mother and met the brother he
didn't know he had. But the language barrier made it hard to
Hommel will have another chance to reconnect with them when he returns to South Korea in July to teach English as a Fulbright Scholar. He said the possibility of holding a conversation with his family is his motivation to become proficient in Korean.
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