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Susan Castillo and David Seed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311802

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315084

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In the Missionary Position: Emily Prager in China1

In the Missionary Position: Emily Prager in China1

(p.238) In the Missionary Position: Emily Prager in China1
American Travel and Empire

Judie Newman

Liverpool University Press

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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