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The result is some 50 million ‘missing’ Chinese girls — girls who were given away, killed in infancy, aborted or abandoned.

Credit: Melissa LudtkeMelissa tried to keep Maya connected with China and the Chinese part of her identity.

Maya Ludtke and other adopted Chinese girls get together in 2005. Credit: Melissa LudtkeSame group in 2012. Credit: Melissa LudtkeMaya Ludtke strikes a pose as a Chinese fan-dancer.

Maya, then age 7, and Melissa Ludtke visit a market in Xiaxi, Jiangsu province, the town where Maya was born.

One woman said, ‘you’ve come home.’ If America is the land of constructed identities, China is one where many people consider identity immutable — especially Chinese identity.

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