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7/27/2010 HOUSTON - Mei-Ling Hopgood, award winner journalist and adoptee, will discuss her life’s adventure and sign her recently published book, Lucky Girl, at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 1, at the Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park in Houston Chinatown

This book is more than the life of a Chinese adoptee, it can appeal to anyone who is adopted, or knows and loves someone who was adopted. Lucky Girl, chronicles Ms. Hapgood’s journey as one of the first Chinese babies adopted in the West leading from Taiwan to the United States, Europe, China, and South America, where she and her husband, Monte Reel, author of “The Last of His Tribe”, live and work.

Lucky Girl is about one woman's surprise reunion and relationship with the complicated Chinese birth family. Spanning cultures and continents, Mei-Ling Hopgood's memoir brings home a tale of joy and regret, hilarity, deep sadness, and great discovery, as she untangles the unlikely strands that formed her destiny. - Algonquin Books

“With concise, truth-seeking deftness of a seasoned journalist, Mei-Ling delves into the political, cultural and financial reasoning behind her Chinese birth parents' decision to put her up for adoption. . . Cut with historical detail and touching accounts of Mei-Ling's "real" family, the Hopgoods, Lucky Girl is a refreshingly upbeat take on dealing with the pressures and expectations of family, while remaining true to oneself. Simple, to the point and uncluttered of the everyday minutiae, Mei-Ling Hopgood nails the concept of becoming one's own.”—Detroit Metro Times

At the August 1 reading Mei-Ling will speak and then be available for a question and answer period. A book sale, signing, and reception will follow. This event is co-sponsored in a partnership with The Chinese Community Center and Families with Children from China. Families with Children from China is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer, membership driven organization open to anyone touched by adoption or those seeking to help further its mission. To learn more visit: www.fcchouston.net

Admission is free. RSVPs are requested; please email those to ninemin@ccchouston.org