Skip to comments.Girl in U.S. custody fight adjusts to life in China
Posted on 12/01/2008 7:48:21 AM PST by Oyarsa
CHONGQING, China - Nine-year-old Anna He stands quietly amid the chaos in her boarding school dorm on a Sunday night, a frenzy of little girls chattering in Chinese as they change the linens on rows of wooden beds.
Anna is an outsider here. Her parents are Chinese, but she cannot talk to her schoolmates because she grew up in America.
This small girl with watchful dark eyes was at the center of one of the longest custody battles in the U.S. in recent times, a high-profile seven-year dispute marked by racial and cultural undercurrents. On one side were the Bakers, a white family in suburban Memphis, Tenn. On the other were the Hes, immigrants scraping by with low-paying jobs before they returned to China.
The legal fight is finally over. And a new story has started for Anna.
Last year the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered her returned to the Chinese couple, and the family moved to China in February. Since then, Anna has lived in two cities and attended three schools. After her parents' marriage fell apart, she was sent to boarding school this fall and goes home on weekends.
"I really don't like living at school," Anna murmurs in English, buttoning and unbuttoning her sweater absently as the other girls flutter bed sheets in the air.
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Why is it that courts in the USA routinely rule against the interests of US citizens? If the countries were reversed, we’d be told to go get bent.
It’s unfortuate that little girl has a long road ahead of her.
I suppose that if she never takes Chinese citizenship, she can return when she is eighteen, if she chooses.
I guess signing a legal document isn’t binding when activist judges are in play.
Clearly this has not been a good thing for the girl. And the parents that claimed to want her certainly can’t put aside their differences to raise her. So they don’t raise her. But they won.
It's more accurate to say that courts in the USA routinely rule in favor of the birth parents, regardless of citizenship.
she will never live with a loving family
Sounds like she better get to work!!! jk i feel for her.
I love how the media like to use the word “undercurrents.” That’s when they think you’re racist but can’t point to any evidence of racism.
Life is an adventure, it will probably turn out all right for her. She can write a book about her experience in English and all of America will buy it.
That means that you should always be prepared to surrender your child at the dictate of the courts if you choose to adopt.
This is not about adoption. This is aabout a foster family who thought that they had rights to the child.
No fostor family has any right to a child. Only a child who has been legally cleared for adoption is available.
This arrogant fostor family thought that their rights trumped the biologial parents rights, and as in all these cases the bio parents won.
These laws prevent others from claiming your children. Respect them
I know that in some states (New Jersey comes to mind) an adoption is pretty much final once birth parents choose to give up their children. I would hope that more states adopt such a model.
Goodie. Another life-ruining ruling from our odious leftist activist court.
Dericlt Chinese parents who stick in a boarding school where she an American doesn’t speak the language. BOO.
“And what are three things she likes about China?
“Well, let me think ... well, I have made a friend but now she is gone. Her name was Sarah. That’s one thing. I’m trying to think of a second thing. Second thing I like about China ... is ... well, I don’t really know. I don’t know ... There’s so many cars and a lot of people smoke. I really hate that.”
***king sucks. She’s gonna have a GREAT life now.
Elian part 2.
At least Cuba wasn’t alien to Elian and he spoke the language. This young lady is absolutely alien to this country, including language.
Tell it to freeper “Chickensoup” (for the marxist soul?). S/he sides with the court.
Just like all those “father’s rights” advocates who sided with the court on Elian. They made me sick.
No, this was an abduction by a pig court. You don’t take a child that has only known this country and forceably return them to a hostile foreign totalitarian nation where she is a complete alien to language and culture. It is EVIL.
(And in the case of Elian, while they were returning him to a familiar culture, they were specifically delivering him to Fidel, not the boy’s father, as there is no such thing as parental rights in Cuba. All children are PROPERTY of the state under the Cuban Constitution, and the state is Castro).
there was no adoption the foster parents tried to force an adoption and if the courts moved more quickly would have been avoided
Dericlt Chinese parents who stick in a boarding school where she an American doesnt speak the language. BOO.
There is no guarantee of good parents, sadly.
I could give a crap about their supposed “rights”. Happy American children shouldn’t be kidnapped and sent to a foreign land, especially Red China.