“A cab driver in China drove me home for free in exchange for posting a picture of his long-lost daughter on the Internet.”
The words appeared Thursday on Reddit, a social news Web site that functions by allowing users to vote links up or down in popularity. More than 2,800 people voted the story up.
The story goes like this: A cabdriver in Quzhou, Zhejiang, China, says he gave up his daughter for adoption soon after she was born in 1995. Two years later, the Chinese couple who adopted her died and the girl was adopted by another family in the U.S.
The cabdriver has now lost track of where his daughter is. And he is taking to the Internet to try to find her, including giving a Reddit writer a free cab ride in exchange for her posting his daughter’s picture online.
The Reddit writer, who goes by ParahSailin, added this information as an update:
The name the father gave her was Qufeng. Father's name is Chen Zhifeng, mother's name is Zhou Liuxian.
Efforts to contact ParahSailin have not yet been responded to.
Social pressure from China’s one-child policy, a population-control policy that applies to most Chinese families, has increased the rate at which parents either abandon or put a child up for adoption, a majority of them girls.
Research by Weiguo Zhang at the University of Toronto in 2006, however, found that there is also increasing receptivity to adopting girls over boys in China.
A Reddit commenter named Starkpo, whose wife works for the China Department of a U.S.-based international adoption agency , wrote that he believes the man could face legal trouble if he abandoned his daughter.
Only adoptions fully completed in China are permitted, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Another commenter named fearyaks, who has a 7-year-old adopted child from China, wrote that the amount of paperwork used at adoption agencies in the U.S. should make it easy for the man to find the girl. Fearyaks also added a word of caution:
“As 'cool' as it would be to reunite her with her father I should caution you that this might not be so awesome... Now what happens if she get reunited with her birth dad? Maybe she doesn't want to... usually in these situations it's best for the adoptee to make the decision, not the other way around.”
Read more about adoption in China at AdoptionServices.org.