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Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
In 1994 an American writer named Emily Prager met her new daughter LuLu. All she knew about her was that the baby had been born in Wuhu, a city in southern China, and left near a police station in her first three days of life. Her birth mother had left a note with Lulu's western and lunar birth dates. In 1999 Emily and her daughter–now a happy, fearless four-year-old--retu ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2001)
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Lisa
Near the beginning of the diary of her journey to Wuhu, author Emily Prager writes of her five year old daughter, Lulu, "I am so glad she is getting to look at her China, the China of 'you're from China, you're adopted from China, you came from China, I went to China to get you, I was in China when the phone rang and a voice said, 'Would you like to meet your baby?'' Her China. That China." During their month and half long stay, Prager describes Lulu's efforts to reconcile the setting and circum ...more
Mary
May 30, 2017 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption, china
I'm a sucker for adoption stories.
This white mother did what few adoptive parents can do, but if they were able, it would be so helpful to the child/children. She took her 4 year old daughter to the town that she was adopted from and lived there for a couple of months. The daughter was able to reclaim that part of herself. Wow. A real gift. The daughter already went to a Chinese language school, so had it in her "ear" and so could understand and speak when she got to China.
I got a couple of gl
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Yoonmee
Jul 12, 2011 Yoonmee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only on page 20, but holy crap, this book is horrible. I'm going to try to finish it so I can write a full review, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make it through. So far, in a mere twenty pages, Emily Prager has managed to make countless, well-intentioned but ignorant comments that taken alone might be ignored or chalked up to a a somewhat naive, privileged white woman's point of view, but taken together all at once and in only the first 20 pages of her book, come across as horribly offens ...more
Rachel
Nov 05, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good and I can't put my finger on why. I think that what could have been a purely "made for TV" saga was enhanced by the author, Emily Prager's,own experience as a child in China. Something about that may have contributed to her ability to notice her surroundings in a truly original way. I feel like someday I hope very much to visit Wuhu, China. A place I have never heard of before this book. Another very powerful aspect of this book is that the author is not fearful of loosing ...more
Linda
Jul 15, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novelist and Village Voice columnist Emily Prager has written a very enjoyable account of the adoption of her daughter, LuLu, and the trip they made together back to Wuhu, China when LuLu was five years old. Emily hopes to introduce LuLu to her roots and at the same time to try to find some information about LuLu’s birth parents. She never succeeds at the latter, and introducing a child to her culture when she is only five years old seems a little strange, but LuLu is a charming child and is som ...more
Lissie
The first part of this book was very interesting - about Emily's life in America with her adopted daughter, Lulu - but the second part about looking for Lulu's past in China ran aground with too much minutia - we went to the train, then we got on the train, then we rode the train, then we couldn't find our friend at the train station, then we found our friend, then we took out our papers, then we went to a hotel, but that hotel couldn't take us, so we went looking for another hotel, etc., etc., ...more
Tracy
Jan 30, 2015 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written in the obvious diary form of someone attempting to capture every last minuscule moment for fear of losing it. I had high hopes for this "my experience" style book however, much like a toboggan laden with children being dragged across a snowless patch, this book just droned on. At times the lay out didn't even make chronological sense IE: "we grabbed hands and boarded the plane.....I went to the Japanese kiosk before we boarded the plan." Considering they were already ON the plane I doubt ...more
Linda
Apr 04, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
An interesting story of an American woman who adopts a Chinese baby girl and takes her back to China to see where she was born. During the visit the U.S. bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. This make it more difficult for her to visit. The story talks about their experience and a bit of political and cultural exploration. She describes the emotions that her little girl Lulu goes through to mourn her 1st parents and process her adoption.
Terra
Jul 16, 2009 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i LOVED this book. emily is able to articulate her feelings and her sense of her daughters feelings and responses very effectively as she draws on her skills as an author of fiction to tell a personal story. this book answered questions and concerns i had that many more exhaustive or scholarly treatments overlooked. plus it is simply a beautiful and interesting story.
Judy
Jan 14, 2010 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china, borrowed
This was a really good introduction to the immense contrasts that are China. It was especially interesting to me, as there are quite a few Chinese girls who were adopted by families in our community. It is written as a first-person account and is both emotional and informative. And it didn't stop me from going to China! :-)
Nazim B.
Aug 30, 2007 Nazim B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to the increasing literary studies of interracial adoptions, "Wuhu Diary" turns out to be one of the good examples of such narratives. Prager employs a sentimental yet easy-going language with detailed information.
Kate
Mar 16, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading about China, especially from the interesting perspecitve of the adoptive mother. However, I think I have a very different personality than the author and it was hard to get over that at times during the book. Overall, a thought-provoking book.
Linda
Jun 02, 2013 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why take a 5 year old to China to discover her roots? What will LuLu remember? How did she communicate so well if her Chinese we so poor? I found it hard to believe that she was so charming and engaging that everyone absolutely loved her. Mom seemed way too permissive.
Robyn
Dec 26, 2007 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption
A memoir of taking her adopted daughter back to China. Amazing. It read like a novel. I always wanted to know what would happen next. Wonderful descriptions. I can’t wait to read more Prager books.
Wendy Baxter
Although I love travel books, this one was so boring, I couldn't finish it. Sorry
Delaney
Aug 01, 2009 Delaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-memoirs
This book was really good. It put a smile on my face. A woman takes her adopted daughter back to Wuhu, China, where she is from. This isn't the quickest read, but it is a good one.
Liz
Jul 09, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good
Erin Martin
Jun 12, 2011 Erin Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-a-copy
One of my favorite books about Chinese adoption...and I have read my share!
Victoria
Oct 11, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Memoir Fans
Recommended to Victoria by: My Mom
Shelves: good-read
This was good read...Dragged just a bit but picked up and ended fairly nicely.
Shawn Thrasher
I liked this gentle, very good natured book.
Ruth Adelson
Aug 28, 2012 Ruth Adelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1999 took her daughter LULU back to China. Lived in town she was born in. Lulu was 5 years old.
Jenny Jump
Aug 09, 2011 Jenny Jump rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely story, I recommend you read it.
Jeanette Torok
Dec 14, 2007 Jeanette Torok rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good book I received from my sister!
Velvetink
Nov 29, 2013 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
29/11/2013 1 0f 20 books for $10 the lot
Reghan
Oct 23, 2010 Reghan rated it liked it
i liked learing and reading about what they did.
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Emily Prager is an American author and journalist.

Prager grew up in Texas, Taiwan, and Greenwich Village, NY. She is a graduate of The Brearley School, Barnard College and has a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics.

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