There Is A Chinese Baby Adoption Barbie

But you can’t buy her at Toys ‘R’ Us, and she’s cradling a Chinese baby.

The “Going Home Barbie” is only available at the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou. To get her you should 1) stay at the White Swan and 2) adopt a Chinese child. Mattel has been  I can’t help but feel like this a tiny bit odd. I understand that the number of Chinese babies in need of adoption is staggering, but it seems odd to reward foreigners who come into the country for the purpose of taking children to another country. The baby should be enough without the element of “here, and we’ll throw a rare doll into the bargain!” But I guess the Barbie would make a nice collectible or a present for the baby when it’s of age.

- Marie Claire, print edition.

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    • Alix

      I’d be interested to know if there are multiple barbie races available, or if blondie’s the only option. ‘Cuz that would be pretty offensive, IMHO.

      • maheder

        I realy like to have a barbie doll

    • Emily

      Perhaps it’s for the Chinese kids who are adopted by white families? When they get older they might like to see a doll that reflects their families.

      I hope it’s something like that, anyway.

    • Kate!

      I am in-route to the White Swan with adoption papers in hand.





    • Rachel

      I know a little (adopted Chinese) girl with one of these in her room!

      And it’s blonde. I’m not sure I like that. But she likes the barbie so who am I to argue?

    • Georgia Ferry

      Our daughter received a dark haired Barbie though I am quite blonde and I am the adoptive mother. The color of hair is not important. Why would it make any difference if you gave any blonde haired doll to a brown or black haired child? You are missing the point. It is a doll that represents the unique way a family is formed, in this case adoption. Families are “created” in many different ways. The color of hair or skin of the doll doesn’t make a difference. It was the thoughtfulness of the Mattel Company to gift our children with such a beautiful reminder of those special first days as a new family. What I find offensive is your reference to race and the implications of why it would make a difference. The doll is not “rare”, it is gifted to the group of families that have gone the route of Chinese adoption. It has sentimental meaning. Never in a million years can I think of why anyone would want to adopt a child and go through all of the challenges and mountains of paperwork, homestudies, interviews and more paperwork to receive a “Going Home Barbie”. My youngest daughter could care less about this particular Barbie, but it doesn’t stop her from enjoying all her other “blonde”, “brunette” and “black” haired dolls with a variety of skin colors from Mattel. And I would be setting a very poor example for her if I didn’t teach her that all God’s children are beautiful, no matter what race or color or skin or hair they had, now wouldn’t I?

    • Daniel Ibn Zayd

      I have never seen anything more appalling and disgusting.

      If it can be argued that there are government policies, inherent to a given cultural outlook, that in fact do much to create the poverty, the wars, the conditions that have always resulted in so-called orphans, and one chooses to apply bandaid solutions to these symptoms and not the disease, then one is complicit in those policies.

      If it can be argued that it is a non-relative cultural outlook that allows for the imposition of the notion of nuclear family over those cultures that are more community based, and one decides that individual happiness is more important that that of all, that “family” is more important than “community”, then one is complicit in the destruction of the community that one is adopting from.

      If it can be argued that it is a power differential between those of different classes, walks of life, and living conditions; that an inherent inequality is the engine that drives most adoption on all levels and at great profit; that the willful leveraging of this differential economically, politically, and culturally has nothing to do with family creation but everything to do with exploitation and extraction of profit; that in this can be seen the destruction of cultures that do not echo the dominant and prevailing one in a direct correlation with the historical approach to the Third World by the First, then one is complicit in this status quo that has wrought naught but destruction worldwide.

      Because if we truly cared about the child, we would not support the economic and political wars that resulted in that child’s situation.

      • Eileen

        Okay, so you don’t believe in Americans adopting foreign babies. I’m so sorry you think that Chinese people and culture are not being protected because American couples are taking unwanted babies away. You’re totally right, after all. We should send a message to the Chinese government that it has to change its policies, and we should absolutely do so by letting these children grow up impoverished and unwanted.

        Except, wait, they’re actual people, not just the products of economic and political policies. If you want to oppose trade with China and the Chinese government’s policies, fine. Maybe in time there won’t be a surplus of poor unwanted infants. Maybe. But that’s not going to do anything for children who are in need of homes and care right now.

        And it really has nothing to do with a freakin’ Barbie doll.

    • Mara

      Just another marketing gimmick to get baby buyers to the baby pimps with loads of cash in their pockets. Selling/buying children is like buying dolls now. It’s all about supply and demand and the child’s human rights are vaporized in the process.

    • Daniel Ibn Zayd

      You don’t get to lecture me about “helping” foreign cultures. I’m the one who has moved back to the country of my birth, so I know a thing or two about what “help” from the West means. So far, it has meant delivery bombs, destruction of infrastructure, the displacement of populations, and economic hardship. There are more children killed by American foreign policy than are “saved” by adoption. If you wanted to save children, you would do something to change your country’s foreign policy.

      That you think this has anything to do with “helping children” is a lie and a hypocrisy without shame. Honestly. This is about selfishness, and greed, and self-fulfillment–the trademarks of American culture.

    • Erimentha

      More than anything else, it is just so tacky. From what I have read, most children adopted from China are absolutely miserable because they are being taken away from the only carers they have ever known. Little do they know that they are also being taken away from their country of origin and their culture and any chance to ever know any of their biological family. Oh but I’m sure the Barbie will help! Or maybe it will remind them of that day, the day that they cried as strangers whisked them off to a different country, and they will go back to China and start the long and often fruitless search for their genetic heritage.

    • Von

      No!!!!I can’t beieve the tackiness, or perhaps I can given the profitability of America’s adoption industry.

    • Give Me My Goddam Birth Certificate Stupid America

      How come there is no Barbie holding a “my identity is a state secret sign outside an ARD protest? Pfft. Because Mormons have billions due to an immoral source and they are the control freaks from hell. That’s why!

    • Amanda

      What a horrendously offensive doll.

      What might mark a “special time” for the Adoptive Parents getting the child they want, marks the loss of a child of their country and roots. It doesn’t matter if their life is made “better” by adoption–they still experience an extreme loss that needs to be respected and acknowledged.

      Guess how many vaccines one adoption fee of $30,000 buys? 30,000. $30,000 can also support an entire medical center for months or years. It can create farms and businesses for hundreds of families and single mothers to run. I could go on. Please do not tell me of all of the unwanted children are being saved one by one with an enormous “fee” being paid to a government system, when it could go to support entire VILLAGES for YEARS instead. These children may be “unwanted” by a government with extremely unethical policies–but they are not unwanted by their mothers and families. What reason does a government have to change, create social welfare programs, and preserve families if we keep giving them huge “adoption fees” in order to take their dependency off their hands??

      RACE MATTERS. People are treated very differently in the US just by how they look. “Colorblindness” is the new modern racism. Putting your head in the sand about very real prejudice in this country does not mean it doesn’t exist. This is not something we can continue to be oblivious about, not when it impacts our children.

      • Kathy

        1. you are horrendously offensive to believe that my children do not deserve and would not benefit from toys that represent them and their family as normal. I sought long and hard for children’s books or toys representing my children’s culture OR the fact that they have a single mother OR the fact that they are adopted. A book about a little Asian girl adopted by a single, anglo mom was a REAL find. We should all want our children to have a strong sense of belonging and positive self image….
        2. Thankfully, we live in a town FULL of diversity and full of adoptive families (it may just be one of those things where you don’t see it until you’re in it yourself.) We have Asian items throughout our house and Asian friends. My younger daughter came to me at an older age (4) and may have already had some self esteem issues (given being malnourished and raised in a 3rd world orphanage and her physical and medical issues), but she’s come a long way. Anything that helps in this is a blessing. no different then giving a child of any ethnicity a doll that looks like them, telling them how beautiful they are and how we value their culture.
        3, it strikes me as very odd that, in a world where literally millions of children will never know the warmth of a loving family (so many don’t even get to survive childhood), that people find adoption offensive. for most of us, we love our sweet babies no less than if we had conceived and given birth ourselves – it’s just not humanly possibly to love my sweet little monsters any more. They didn’t just ‘happen’. We have children because we put significant effort into becoming parents Too many people in this country have no sense for how brutal life is in many places outside these borders. I went outside the country because 1. I did not think any reasonable birth mom would choose a single mom for their child given other choices and 2. too many horror stories experienced by friends. 3, The more I learned, the more I became aware of the international situation….

        4. Millions of children will never know the security of a safe loving home. Ask the children receiving the vaccines which they would prefer. Also, I did not have $30,000 to hand over. I took all I could from my 401K and refinanced my home. Very fortunately there was reimbursement available from both the federal government and from my employer that covered nearly all of the adoption costs. Despite believing I had planned out my finances well into the future, I struggle to pay the mortgage – as I suspect most families do! As the gentleman said, most fees were to US agencies, as we have the higher cost of living. Still having become aware that most of us, however we perceive our struggles, are still among the top 10 – 15% in the world ( so many innocent children live in dire poverty.), I have my children charity that I contribute to monthly and more when I can. These children have a life because of me. I have a life because of them. I am SO fortunate to live in a time and a place where a single woman can not only support herself but adopt and raise a family. This was not the case 50 years ago.

        real prejudice exists on all levels (not just about race, but about differences) where we don’t raise our children well. Thank God enough people have believed strongly enough to make changes for the better throughout history – or this country would not exist! think about our roots – all about classism. Because people believed they COULD make a difference, slavery no longer exists in this country. It had to be because of people who think like you that it took another 100 years for Blacks to get the vote. But only another 50 to have our first black President.

        ! I’m so glad you’re not in our lives! how narrow minded, uninformed, prejudice and spreading the power of racism.

        China opened their borders to adoption only AFTER a western reporter brought back video of baby girls in ‘orphanages’ (no such thing in China – these are ‘Social Welfare Institutes’ created for the elderly and infirmed) left to starve to death. Despite the fact that (at least some of) China’s orphanages are among the best in the 3rd world, children left there will not be healthy or ‘normal’ by the time they hit double digits. As I was told when I requested an older child. The one child rule was instituted after more than 20 million people starved to death. That happened after Mao Tse Dung encouraged large families, believing it would make China powerful. I found the people I came into contact with in China to be warm and caring people, who loved their children.

    • Mama K


      one thing is for certain. adoption is a fantastic way to keep your figure and still have a baby! Way to go Barbie!! That’s usin your noggin! blech.

      ok. well, i’m not a huge supporter of adoption b/c of my own experiences. i was until my first daughters a-mom went all psycho fear-driven control freak on us.
      so. with that being said….
      if americans are going to adopt foreign babies out of the child’s necessity and NOT their own. ..
      i guess its ok.
      if the american adoptive family makes all efforts to revere and teach the chinese child’s heritage…
      i guess its ok.
      if the adoptive family does not adopt a chinese baby under the premise that they are “saving” the baby thus developing a sense of ownership instead of opportunity…
      i guess its ok.
      if the adoptive family is not abusive emotionally and physically…
      then surely it is ok.

      while i am not …as i said previously…a huge supporter of adoption. i don’t think any of us can afford to “blanket” adoption…while a lot of practices are shady and for the wrong reasons…not all of them are.

      My thoughts personally on adoption. Heritage and culture are a HUGE factor in the indentification process …especially as the child nears adolesence….
      I really do not think it healthy to adopt to far outside one’s socioeconomic class or culture etc…it is not fair to the child.
      it just causes too many problems as far as i have seen.
      i wish more people would pay attention to things like this.
      it really is all about the child….isn’t it???


    • Peach

      She looks like she’s about to drop “the baby”

    • Colleen

      I think its nice of them to think of diverse situation Barbies. We don’t all live the same. Barbie has been accused of being a stereotype and now she’s trying to prove to them she is smart, diverse, interesting and well traveled.

    • Colleen

      I think its a nice gesture. Besides, Barbie has been accused of producing so many stereotypes that she is probably trying to make up for it by producing diverse situation Barbies. We don’t all live the same. I respect the decision to make this doll and to share it with families who choose to take care of children that are here and need to be taken care of.

    • Joel

      I am the father of a daughter adopted from China. In response to Amanda’s post… the “adoption fee” is only $3000, not $30,000. Foreign adoption costs roughly $20-25K but the majority of that is spent in the US on home study, FBI checks, social worker fees, and of course travel expenses. Also, in response to some of the other posts… the vast majority of Chinese adoptees are adopted while they are too young to remember their life in China and grow up 100% American, just with a Chinese heritage.

      We did get the Barbie, and we are trying to decide if we will give it to our daughter when she is old enough to treat it as a collectible or if we should sell it to a collector and put the money in her scholarship fund.

    • Yoly Perez

      I am not sure about the Barbie doll, but reading the posts below really got me upset. The only reason that Chinese girls are available for adoption is because Chinese women are dropping them off in the corner markets. China has a one child policy and if the baby is a girl then they do not want her and literally throw them out, so that they can have another child and hope that it is a boy. If Americans who cannot conceive and are yearning for a baby and other families wanting to adopt do no not take these girls, they will indeed live in their country with their heritage, but they will do so as unwanted female members of their society, raised in an orphanage their entire lives. It really upsets me when so many people who post here are so un American…These people who adopt are taking unwanted girls, they are bringing them to America and giving them a chance to lead lives with meaning, in a home that desperately wanted a child, regardless of whether it ws a boy or a girl.

    • Irmgard

      I,m german and married a chinise -american, My Point is that Many Germans or Chinise ,wich are born here know little of there heritage. I love america but want forget my Heritage and are proud of it. I try to teach my Husband His Heritage too. I have meat lots of germans wich are born here too ,who know nothing of there Heritage. I have A Nice who Adopted a chinise girl and she gets a good edjucation in her Chinise Heritage. I had Barbies of all Nationalities and Loved them all.

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