Happy Mother’s Day from Xinran and more MBLers!

When Chinese Culture Revolution first broke out, I was seven and a half years old. One day, my neighbour, a young mother to a three years old daughter, received nightmarish news — her thirty-two years old husband had been tortured to death by a group of teenager Red Guards. That night she told her daughter a story, a story that I’ll remember forever.

Here is the story: A baby caterpillar asked her mother why she had never seen her dad. The mother said that when the baby was still sleeping in her belly, her dad was working hard to grow wings in a little house. When the baby was born, daddy became a beautiful butterfly. “If you want to see dad, you must sleep well, eat well and study hard, then someday you will grow beautiful wings that will take you to see him,” the mother said to the baby caterpillar.

From then on, my neighbor’s daughter often asked me if my father had also turned into a butterfly. At that time, I, along with 13 other “political orphans,” had no father.

I often think of my neighbor, the mother who endured so much hardship for her daughter. …Heartfelt thanks to our mothers for being a love bridge between life, families, generations, and cultures!

Happy Mother’s Day!








— Xinran (UK)


Mama is my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love, and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. Happy Mother’s Day!

— Julie Zhu (China)


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I didn’t know what being a mother means until I became a mother myself. When my daughter was born prematurely and had to be in the NICU for three weeks, my mother called me from China and told me to take care of myself. “You need to be happy, healthy and strong for your newborn and your family,” she said.

Now I’m a mother of two children. Whenever I feel stressed, frustrated or exhausted, I think of my mother. How she raised five children on a remote state-run farm, where she, as a biologist, had to endure family tragedy, physical labor as well as political persecution. How she made clothes and shoes for my brothers and me after a long day of work, and how she brightened our shabby apartment with beautiful songs on her four-string lute (月琴), which she had played since a young age.

Later my mother returned to the city to be a librarian. In the evenings, when my brothers and I were doing homework, she would teach herself English. “If you keep learning, you will never grow old,” she once said to me. After retirement, she took up Chinese water-and-ink painting (水墨画) and, with passion and devotion, transformed herself into an artist. She still paints several hours every day.

My mother has taught me about industriousness, integrity, perseverance, and most importantly, love. The love of who you are. The love of learning. The love of life. Thank you, Mama.

Happy Mother’s Day!

— Fan Wu (U.S.A)

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每次要提到我的母亲, 我眼前就有这样一个情景出现:

我小的时候家里用的还是铁锅柴灶.  记得有一天我坐在灶前要帮妈妈烧火做饭. 我一个劲的往灶里加柴, 好好的火苗很快成了烟雾, 正在炒菜的妈妈弯下腰拿过我手中的火钳在灶里左右上下晃动着把火中心掏得空空的,很快的那火焰就蹭蹭的开始往上冲, 再把火钳递给回我说; “你看, 火要空心,人要忠心. 你对妈妈一定要忠心, 要做一个诚实有爱心的娃儿哈!”

4,5岁的我好像都不明白什么是忠心, 但我明白这诚实的娃儿就是不撒谎, 爱心就是对人好. 从那一时刻我学会了怎么样架柴烧火.

每一个母亲都是一个伟大的艺术家, 用心尽力的雕塑创作我们一生的作品—我们的孩子. 母亲节快乐!

— Lin Ping (UK)


Maya Cedergren, 8

I find this intresting sentence from a book that I’m reading at the moment which can be use for Mother’s Day : “The only woman I ever loved was another man’s wife …… my mother!”
— Thibault Marcellin (France)
This year’s Mother’s Day, I am in the United States while my mother is in China. Yesterday, without telling my mother in advance, I asked one of my best friends in China to buy a  bouquet of flowers to my mom on behalf of me to give her a surprise. When receiving the flowers, my mom was greatly excited and immediately cleaned a vase and put the flowers in it, and even took a picture and sent it to our family chatting group to “show off”. I’ve been the United States for almost one year, and felt it deep that life is always contradictory. Sometimes when you want to move forward, you have to sacrifice the time that you should accompany you family. But even so, families are always there. They don’t care if you are successful or not, but if you are tired or not. Best wishes to all the mothers around the world! Happy Mother’s Day!
— Katherine Lu (U.S.A)
Luca Cedergren, 5

Luca Cedergren, 5

Thank you to my best love — my mother! You make me feel not alone when I am away from you and your encouragement makes me stronger. Happy Mother’s Day.
— Chloe (China)
— Lena Bingliang (U.S.A)




— Red 红艳 (UK)

Featured art: Maya Cedergren, 8, U.S.A 

MBL strengthens Its cultural impact in 2017

After more than 10 years of research, exploration and action, MBL continues strengthening its cultural impact. It’s a bridge of communication between birth and adoptive culture, of understanding between East and West, and of support between rich and poor.

Please take a look at MBL’s latest summary. Thank you very much for your love, support, and participation!

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Adoption related information in Germany & Chinese students in Germany

Overview of German Adoption Law

Overwhelmed By Thousands Of Refugee Children Traveling Alone, Europe Considers Adoption

“As the number of unaccompanied minors increases across Europe, governments are discussing new ways of responding to the crisis to ease the steep costs of housing them. One suggestion was to fast-track refugee children into the foster and adoption systems. In Germany, officials said the government has already started processing some unaccompanied minors for adoption.”

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Why Chinese Students are Flocking to Germany

“Not all of the Chinese enrolled at German universities are geniuses. There are the high flyers, but there are also problem cases. According to the association of nine technical universities, TU9, the Chinese students are as varied as the German ones.”

Chinese in east Germany don’t see bias in Dessau murder

“The murder of a Chinese university student has shocked locals in the eastern German town of Dessau. Amid reports of growing xenophobia, DW’s Kate Brady headed east to talk to the region’s Chinese population.”



Share Children’s Artwork with MBL!

Want to share your artwork with MBL to show your support and love? We’ll be delighted to hear from you! If we decide to use your art, we’ll ask you to fill up our artwork authorization form.

Here is an example of an artwork by Maya Cedergren, an 8-year-old third grader in California.

Hope to share your art and love with the world.

Thank you!


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Adoption-related news in Spain, Portugal, and Elsewhere

Spain – Intercountry Adoption

“Spain is not considered a country of origin in intercountry adoption. There are few children eligible for adoption, with a long waiting list of Spanish prospective adoptive parents. Most intercountry adoptions in Spain are by legal residents of Spain who adopt in third countries..”

Adopting a Child in Spain

“Only  nätdejting rika män non-emancipated  dating today minors may be adopted. Exceptionally, it is possible to adopt an emancipated minor, had the minor cohabited ceaselessly with the parent to be willing to adopt, before the adopted has turned 14 years of age or if the adopted has been in a situation of pre-adoptive asylum…”

Overview of Spanish Adoption Law

Overview of Portuguese Adoption Law

Adopting from Portugal

Portugal is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptionprocessing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention.”

How This Mom Involved Everyone in Her Adoption Day Celebration (The Huffington Post)

Tighter Laws Take Toll on Chinese Adoption Rates (NBC News)

“Adopting from China once provided hope to thousands of childless Americans. But as NBC’s Lester Holt reports, new rules have made it tougher for prospective parents.”

Jenna Cook: The adopted girl claimed by 50 birth families (BBC)

“When Jenna Cook went back to China at the age of 20 to search for her birth parents, she knew she was unlikely to succeed. What she didn’t expect was that she would meet dozens of families who desperately hoped she was their lost child…”



CACH Reunion with MBL

And Happy International Women’s Day!



Chinese New Year 2017, Celebrating China’s Diversity with MBL

On 11th February 2017 MBL successfully held its annual Chinese Spring Festival celebration at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London. The event attracted more than seven thousand visitors from a range of European countries to experience all that Chinese culture has to offer and join in the new year festivities. All who participated, no matter their background, fully enjoyed what the event had to offer from Chinese painting and storytelling to paper-folding and crafting.


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Our volunteers worked tirelessly to deliver fun and imaginative workshops celebrating Chinese culture to our guests. At the painting stand Rui Yun 小夕 delivered a masterclass in the styles and patterns attributed to Chinese art. Her teaching, along with the invaluable assistance of others such as Julie and Eric Cai, was so good that all of the children present left with beautifully drawn and coloured Beijing Opera masks! Particularly popular were the dazzling costumes on display at the storytelling workshop which represented all the different peoples who make up China. All who watched were given the chance to wear these costumes and transform themselves into elegant and beautiful princesses or strong and brave Kung Fu warriors straight out of an ancient Chinese storybook. This special occasion would no doubt have given many parents some fantastic photographs to show friends and family. Finally, Jing Yi 静怡 led a wonderful class in paper-folding and crafting. Sat along two long tables, groups of children and adults alike followed her instructions and before too long were producing Chinese lanterns representing the new year celebration and many more fantastic creations. The class proved such a success that by the end most were reluctant to leave!

In addition to the visual highlights visitors were also treated to some great musical performances. Pan Tong, Ting Ting and friends, all of whom represent the teenagers of MBL, played beautiful compositions on the guzheng and keyboard drawing our audience to the sounds of traditional China. Master Huang Xu followed this by introducing our guests to the Chinese tea ceremony and its value in Chinese society. Last, but by no means least, Yoyo and Ping performed their Kung Fu and Fan Dance respectively bringing a close to a highly memorable day of festivities and celebration.


Guzheng performer:Tong Pan


Tea ceremony:Xun Huang


Kongfu performer:Yuyu


Taichi performer:Ping Ling


Orzu Arts Theatre Group was invited to be part of the main show and they lived up to every expectation. A very interesting combination of singing and dancing in colourful costumes and upbeat music was staged: the singing and dancing are from Chinese ethnic areas as well as China’s bordering countries through the Silk Road: Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbek, Kazakh.

A variety of traditional and popular acts such as Guzheng, Kung Fu, Tai Chi were also performed by our own talented volunteers, Linping, Youyou, Tingting and Tongtong. A tea ceremony was also provided by a volunteer’s company Capacitea, they also kindly donated all their proceeds to MBL at the end of the event. Story telling took place in a separate area, our volunteer Dingding applied her education study to great use. The main show was capably managed by our colleague at MOC Anne and Linping, our own volunteer team leader.


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The MBL V&A Museum of Childhood was a resounding success. The number of visitors is more than 2600 on the 11th Feburary.As one of our supporters put it, ‘I had a lovely time at the V&A. It was the first time we worked together and there will certainly be a lot room for us to improve. We hope to be able to cooperate more with MBL for future events.’ It was a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm volunteers’ display on a continual basis. Without our kind volunteers and sponsors offering their time and effort, this event would never have been able to succeed. Thus, MBL sends our great thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and trustees for devoting your time and energy. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Heartfelt thanks to all volunteers:Yintong,Ping Ling,Julie,Zhigang Pan,Zhihao Chen,Heling,Cai,Yu Yang,Ziyang Zhang,Jingyi Chen,Pingting Lin, Weiwen Wang,Wenjun Ding,Ruiyun He,Yutong Jin,Wenwen Xie,Xun Huang.


Adoption in Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Netherlands

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Dutch government will not ban foreign adoption.

Organizations (or useful links):

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An Indian woman met her biological mother after being adopted to Sweden for 42 years.

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Denmark stops all adoptions from Ethiopia

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Eastern European countries declared wars on child protection agencies in Norway, Finland and the UK for “forced adoption”.

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World news and misc.  

  • Inter-country adoption of children falls sharply.
  • Recent Activities of MBL
    • The Mother’s Bridge of Love (MBL) is collaborating with V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA) to celebrate Chinese New Year on 11th February (Saturday) 2017. The theme this year is “diverse Chinese culture”.
    • Call for children’s paintings for MBL global charitable events (Stayed tuned for detail)

Chinese New Year 2017,Celebrating China’s Diversity with MBL

The Chinese New Year is upon us once again. The international charity organisation The Mother’s Bridge of Love (MBL) is staging its annual celebration in collaboration with the renowned V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA) on Saturday 11th February 2017.

Surprisingly to many in the West, there are 56 ethnic groups within China. This year’s theme is centred on this dynamism within the rich, vibrant and exciting tapestry of Chinese society and its culture. You will see a variety of fascinating performances throughout the day and our group of MBL specialists will introduce the varied ethnic groups. The colourful costumes, folk dance and music, and their links with other bordering countries will be demonstrated. At the same time, the usual classic and popular activities such as learning to speak and write in Chinese, costumes photo opportunities, paper cutting and mask making will be available throughout the day. We look forward to welcoming all families to participate and celebrating the China’s diversity with us.

The charity The Mother’s Bridge of Love was set up in 2004 by the internationally acclaimed Chinese author Xinran. Its aim is to promote Chinese culture for Children and reach out to Chinese children from all corners of the world. MBL is enjoying its collaboration with V&A Museum of Childhood for the fourth year. Having enjoyed the Chinese New Year activities, the families can also have the opportunity to sample the extensive collections of toys, childhood equipment and costumes that have been in the Museum’s collection since 1872.

So, come and join us, a fun and educational day out is waiting for you on Saturday, 11th February 2017!