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In the thirty-five years since China instituted its One-Child Policy, 120,000 children—mostly girls—have left China through international adoption, including 85,000 to the United States.  It’s generally assumed that this diaspora is the result of China’s approach to population control, but there is also the underlying belief that the majority of adoptees are daughters because the One-Child Policy often collides with the traditional preference for a son. While there is some truth to this, it does not tell the full story—a story with deep personal resonance to Kay Ann Johnson, a China scholar and mother to an adopted Chinese daughter.
Johnson spent years talking with the Chinese parents driven to relinquish their daughters during the brutal birth-planning campaigns of the 1990s and early 2000s, and, with China’s Hidden Children, she paints a startlingly different picture. The decision to give up a daughter, she shows, is not a facile one, but one almost always fraught with grief and dictated by fear. Were it not for the constant threat of punishment for breaching the country’s stringent birth-planning policies, most Chinese parents would have raised their daughters despite the cultural preference for sons. With clear understanding and compassion for the families, Johnson describes their desperate efforts to conceal the birth of second or third daughters from the authorities. As the Chinese government cracked down on those caught concealing an out-of-plan child, strategies for surrendering children changed—from arranging adoptions or sending them to live with rural family to secret placement at carefully chosen doorsteps and, finally, abandonment in public places. In the twenty-first century, China’s so-called abandoned children have increasingly become “stolen” children, as declining fertility rates have left the dwindling number of children available for adoption more vulnerable to child trafficking. In addition, government seizures of locally—but illegally—adopted children and children hidden within their birth families mean that even legal adopters have unknowingly adopted children taken from parents and sent to orphanages.
The image of the “unwanted daughter” remains commonplace in Western conceptions of China. With China’s Hidden Children, Johnson reveals the complex web of love, secrecy, and pain woven in the coerced decision to give one’s child up for adoption and the profound negative impact China’s birth-planning campaigns have on Chinese families.
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The Exemplar's Redemption
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When gratitude becomes friendshipand something more. 

Cole Meacham has only been out of prison a couple of weeks after a ten-year term for a murder he didn't commit. A silent, guarded man, he doesn't know how to start over again now that he's free. Destitute and alone, he's been sleeping in a park. Then Erin Parrish offers him a job plus room and board. The woman with the haunted eyes seems to be the only person on earth who isn't afraid of him. But she clearly has her own demons, and Cole watches as night after night his new boss and landlord gets in her vehicle and drivessomewhere. It seems she needs his help as much as he needs hers. If only he could be that man she can depend on. And love.

New West Hospice Society aims to get people to a peaceful place - The Record (New Westminster)

A plan is underway to help people nearing the end of their lives to live as fully and comfortably as possible and to support those who are grieving the death of loved ones. Five local residents have been part of a steering committee working on plans to create the New West Hospice Society. “It’s a really important piece of our social fabric to recognize how important this is,” said Kay Johnson. “I was reading some stuff about compassionate communities the other day. One of the things that really struck me was that the goal should be that everybody in your community is as comfortable as they can be talking about dying and death as they are about birthing and life. Johnson, who spent much of her nursing career working in hospice and palliative care, believes in community members assisting each other through something that should be a normal life process. I often say, I don’t know how people who don’t have a background in health care navigate the system. We know there is a lot of people who are marginalized, who don’t have families, and we really need to reach out and do something about that. Along with helping people through the grieving process, the society will also recruit, train and support volunteers, educate the community about death and grief and promote the formation of a compassionate community. The idea of creating a hospice society in New Westminster arose when about 200 people, including Johnson and Brock Nicholson, attended an advance-care planning fair at Century House in April 2015. “It’s really that community taking care of... “A lot of the actual palliative care, end-of-life care and bereavement support is not done by the professional teams – that is a small and very important part, but about 85 per cent of it is done by friends and family, neighbours. Vivian Wong is passionate about building the hospice society, having been a caregiver to various family members in the past. “It’s to dispel some of the fear that prevents people from wanting to go there and talk about it, engage in it,” she said. “It’s something that all of humanity shares, but most of society shies away from the topic. Wendy Johnson, a retired principal and school trustee in Langley, once worked with Kay Johnson on a pilot project that sought to get kids talking about issues around dying, grieving and loss. Source:

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  • New West Hospice Society aims to get people to a peaceful place

    Kay Johnson, in front, and Brock Nicholson, Vivian Wong and Wendy Johnson have been hard at work on plans to create a New West Hospice Society. A community meeting is being held on Saturday, Oct. 15 to get community input to help create a vision for 

  • SOS: Safety of Seniors, Living Well is theme of this year's Senior Expo

    09/19/16 ,via Crow River Media

    It's a foot tappin' afternoon of music when the Slew Foot Band takes the stage. The Becker family hails from Grey Eagle, Minnesota, and features, front row, from left, Monica, Breanna and Jordan; second row, Lucia and Gilbert; and third row, Karen (Mom


@NubianAwakening @thickasabrick52 IMPORTANT NOTE : JEH JOHNSON, The Director Of HOMELAND SECURITY is a MUSLIM 09/19/16, @kay_kingsbury
Hey Cynthia Johnson thanks for the follow! 09/19/16, @kay_west311
RT @PrisonPlanet: Gary Johnson "grateful that nobody got hurt" in NY bombing (hint: they did). Gary Johnson is a complete idiot. https://t.… 09/19/16, @kay_spire


  • Kay's Shortbread

    baking powder, butter, powdered sugar, flour, salt, vanilla extract, sugar


  • Mommy Said Goodbye

    Harlequin. 2010. ISBN: 9781426886737,142688673X. 288 pages.

    What would you think if one day your wife disappeared, and everyone believed you were responsible? How would you feel if the only thing that kept you from being arrested was your child's insistence that his mommy told him she was leaving? And what would you do if you suspected your son was lying? One day Craig Lofgren came home to discover that his wife was gone. He and his kids have been living in a nightmare ever since. The police think he killed her; the neighbors do, too. The only bright spot is Robin McKinnon, the one person who believes in Craig. But until his wife is found he has nothing to offer her. Welcome to purgatory.

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  • Does Robert Griffin III still have a chance to be the Browns franchise QB? Hey, Mary Kay!

    09/18/16 ,via Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Hey, Mary Kay: Do you believe in the notion that the RG III is now ... That would've given him Gordon, Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman, Duke Johnson and others. I think he would've done okay with that supporting cast.

  • People & Places Sunday, September 18

    09/18/16 ,via Salisbury Post

    Kay Shoaf Hager, Steve and Jody Vail, Karen Rabon Broyhill, Bobbie Shuping Denny, Jean Cranfill Lefler, Doris Goodwin Shepherd, Marsha Gemayel Wood and others. Classmate Marolyn Brooks Johnson was given an extra thank you and acknowledgement for her many ...

  • Sharon Kay Johns

    CHARLESTON -- Sharon Kay (Lynch) Johns, born 11-17-47 to James and Lillie Golladay ... Gary (Adrienne) Lynch, James (Korrie) Lynch, Lisa (Randy) Steeples, Kasandra (Mark) Johnson, and Annette Lynch. Survivors include four children, 17 grandchildren ...


Kay Johnson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kay Johnson; Born: Catherine Townsend Johnson (1904-11-29) November 29, 1904 Mount Vernon, New York, U.S. Died: November 17, 1975 (1975-11-17) (aged 70) Waterford ...

Kay Johnson - IMDb

Kay Johnson, Actress: Of Human Bondage. The personification of class and cultivation on the movie screen, comely actress Kay Johnson forsook a prominent stage and ...

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