Losing Isaiah, the Chinese version

hefamily.jpgWell, not exactly Losing Isaiah, since a crack-addled Halle Berry isn’t directly involved, but you get the gist: the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that a 7-year-old girl raised by an American couple since infancy must be returned to her Chinese parents, who claim they never intended to give her up for adoption, just as a necessity due to “financial and legal hardships they faced at the time.”

The lawyers of the Chinese couple point out differences, cultural and otherwise, between this case and standard international adoption issues:

The case “does not reflect on international adoption at all,” Allen said, since “this was a domestic issue because the parents were here on a student visa. This was not an adoption. There was never an adoption at all.”

It is “commonplace in Chinese culture” for parents to place children temporarily with members of their extended families to raise, Allen said, adding that the Hes apparently sent a son born after Anna Mae back to China to be raised by relatives for two years.

So now a bitter custody battle ensues, between her biological parents, and her other set of adoptive parents that she has grown up with. One side will ultimately “win,” but it may not necessarily be for the best interest for the child.

Or will it be?

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I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog, littleyellowdifferent.com, for seven years.
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