Transracial adoption with a twist

A fascinating story about a Caucasian man adopted and raised in China with Chinese adoptive parents. This link will take you to the page, scroll down about halfway. The story is titled, My Country, My Destiny.


When this reporter first met Zhang Ning in his home in Beijing in April 2009,
the 64-year-old man seemed more Chinese than American, the only difference was
that his nose was not so Chinese, and his eyes were much paler than most. When
he spoke, however, it was pure Mandarin with a strong Beijing accent.
But Zhang Ning is indeed American. His biological parents were
American Flying Tigers, stationed in China during World War II. But he
was brought up in China, by a Chinese general in a Chinese family. It was his special identity, as a “Baby Tiger,” that has given Zhang Ning an extraordinary destiny.

…Although there has not been any progress towards solving his mystery in
the past few years, Zhang expects the truth will someday be revealed.
“I’ve always felt that I lacked a sense of belonging, ever since I was
a little boy,” he explained. “So I really want to find my roots, my
real identity, during my lifetime.”

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. This really touched me. I hope this gentleman has the opportunity to know his own story.
    Perhaps the media here in the States can pick this up, and assist him. Think I might write a couple of emails…..

  2. Wow, that’s so interesting to see it the other way round…! I think that’s a really fascinating concept… (even though it shouldn’t be, I guess)…

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