My name is Rose and I have recently read “The Good Women of China”. I was touched greatly, and incredibly inspired.My Chinese name is Qiao, which is my middle name. I am 14 years old, and I was adopted from China at age 1. I was born in Hubei Province and now live in the United States of America . I live with my mother, my aunt, and my cousin of the same age who was also adopted at the same time as me.I have been trying to get a message to Xinran ever since reading her book. I stumbled across MBL and I was immediately interested in it. The work you do is great as far as I can tell, with insightful objectives and good natured people. I’d love to help out in any way I can, and when I grow up, I am excited to be able to volunteer and help with your projects. Let me know if I could make a difference to your organization, I’d love to contribute and donate.
Message to Xinran,
You have inspired me beyond belief. As a Chinese girl who was adopted, I often wonder of my birth mother. Sometimes I think I’d be able to meet her sometime. I imagine her as a beautiful, strong, intelligent woman. I imagine her as the kind of woman I am hoping to become. After reading your book, I have thought of her even more. I assume she gave me up because of the one-child policy, and I was either a mistake, or she just wanted a boy. I am grateful to be living here in America with a good life full of opportunities, I just hate that I am not with my birth mother, and I don’t even know if she’s doing okay. I’d love to know her story, what she went through, and what she’s going through now. It hurts to know that I could be there with her, but I’m halfway across the world and I don’t even know her name.
I am a writer. Your program and your character have inspired me so much, I cannot thank you enough. I am proud to call you my role model, as I hope to go into journalism, and work towards my own program or podcast. I’d love to travel, getting to know people around the world, their culture, their stories, and their perspectives. You are exactly the kind of woman I want to become. I know you probably get so many of these letters. I just couldn’t go any longer without expressing my gratitude for you. Thank you for helping me to discover a future for myself. You give me so much hope. I hope to meet you someday; you will be the first person I’ll go to when leave to see the world.
Rose Qiao Clement
photo’s taken in November 2015
October 2015 Homecoming dance with my boyfriend
November 2015 with my adopted family at a wedding
March 2015 with my adopted aunt
August 2011 first day of sixth grade
October 2015 playing volleyball for my school team
March 2015 with one of the girls I coached