After a birth country visit to China that was too much, too soon for my seven-year-old daughter, she and a friend returned on their own terms as teens. The trip helped them imagine what their lives might have been and explore their Chinese-American identities.
Melissa Ludtke reported and wrote for Sports Illustrated, CBS News, Time, and edited Nieman Reports at Harvard University. For 15 years, she served on the board of Families with Children from China – New England board; during seven of those years, she edited China Connection, the FCC-NE journal, which was shared with other FCC chapters. She’s the producer of the digital storytelling project Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods.