While us in the baby names blog world are abuzz with the international news of the naming ceremony in India changing the names of 285 "Unwanteds" into something much more positive of their choosing, my mother took out a photography book about girls in Chinese orphanages. Like India, Chinese children also suffer from their society's preference for sons, and many wind up being given away. According to the book Mei Mei: Portraits from a Chinese Orphanage by Richard Bowen, 95% of the children in orphanages are girls.
In the back of the book there is a list of the names of the girls that were photographed, what it looks like in Chinese script and the meaning. Here are just a sampling of them. I sorely wished that they listed what the names sound like phonetically, but at least I can take solace in the fact that there isn't a single "Unwanted."
Double VitalityAutumn Celebration
Graceful New Beginning
Enduring Plum Blossom
Erudite Colorful Cloud
Mei Mei: Portraits from a Chinese Orphanage by Richard Bowen
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