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									                              About Globe Spinners                                                                                                                                                                                            A Quarterly Newsletter on FOI Adoptions from China                                    Spring 2008
                    Although this story is fictional, certain elements have been borrowed from
                    historical fact. Below are some interesting details about this period in
                    China’s long and fascinating history.

                                       The Tang Dynasty
The Tang Dynasty:                                                   Tai Tsung
The Tang Dynasty began on June 18 in the year 618 and ended         Emperior Tai Tsung was                                                                                                                                                    Meet the Fuwa – the                                                   discover the Beijing
                                                                    alsoknown as Li Shih-min.                                                                                                                                                 Beijing Olympics mascots                                              Olympic sports symbols

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June 4, 907. It followed the Sui Dynasty and came before the Five
Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. The Tang Dynasty was             He was born in the year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thirty-five
interrupted briefly between October 16, 690 and March 3, 705 by     597 and died in 649.                                                                                                                                                      In Chinese culture, an affectionate                                          figures that
the Second Zhou Dynasty (under Wu Zetien’s rule).                   Tai Tsung was considered                                                                                                                                                  way of calling children is by                                           evoke images of
                                                                    by many to be one of the                                                                                                                                                  doubling a syllable in their name.                                                      ancient Chinese
        Costumes from the Tang Dynasty                              greatest emperors of                                                                                                                                                      The Olympic mascots who are                                                             characters were
                                                                    China. He was said to be                                                                                                                                                  depicted as playful children have                                                           designed as
                                                                    very intelligent, brave                                                                                                                                                   been given names such as                                                                 icons to identify
                                                                    and open-minded---                                                                                                                                                        “Beibei” and“JingJing” If you say                                           the Olympics sports such
                                                                    although he also had                                                                                                                                                      their names together: “Bei Jing                                                   as wrestling, soccer,
                                                                    many faults and was by                                                                                                                                                    Huan Ying Ni”, you are saying                                                        fencing and so on.
                                                                    many accounts a brutal                                                                                                                                                    “Beijing welcomes you”.
                                                                    politician. Tai Tsung’s
                                                                    most significant deeds
                                                                    as emperor included
                                                                    better trade routes into
                                                                    India and Persia, creating
                                                                    a strong central government and making communication
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           08 – 08 – 08
Li Yuan, whose family was part of the military elite during the Sui systems across the country more efficient.
Dynasty, founded the Tang Empire after the former collapsed. Li
Yuan ruled until the Empire was taken over by his son, Tai Tsung Kao Tsung
in the year 626.                                                    Kao Tsung was born in 628 and died in 683. He
During the Tang Dynasty the nation’s first census was taken         became emperor upon his father’s death in 649 but
which reported the population to be about 80 million people. This ruled only briefly. He became paralysed from a
period was also marked by a modernized legal system and well- stroke in 655, enabling his wife, Wu Zetien, to take
organized government. It was also considered a positive time for control of the empire.
the working classes who benefited from lowered taxes and other      Wu Zetien
forms of support. The Tang emperors were influenced by              Wu Zetien ruled                                                                                                                                                                                                  ... and experience Olympic
Buddhism, which became popular during this period.                  unofficially from                                                                                                                                                                                               celebrations expressed as art
                                                                    655. She officially
                                                                    became the first                                                                                                                                                                                                Snow
                                                                    empress of China
                                                                    in 690 and rule
                                                                    until her death in
                                                                    705. She is
                                                                    credited with
                                                                    reducing the
                                                                    power of the
                                                                    military and the
                                                                    aristocracy (the wealthy class) and introducing a
                                                                    requirement for government officers to pass
                                                                    exams prior to joining the public service. She
                                                                    greatly improved the status of women and the
                                                                    peasantry (the poorer class), increased public
                                                                    services and established Buddhist hospitals.
                                                                    She was regarded by many as a great leader
Recreation at the statue of Buddha losana in Luoyang, central       but, as with Tai Tsung, was a powerful force
China of the Buddha-worship ritual performed by Wu Zetien           that many dared not cross.
Young AUTHORS Corner                                                                                                            Globe Spinners
                                                                                                                                                            Tai Tsung’s Court
                                                                                                                                                       Chapter 9: Homeward Bound
                    Adopting Ruby                                                                                      Having saved the royal throne from the clutches of the Emperor’s evil brother, the tired and homesick
                                                                                                                       time-travellers use the magic globe to return home.
                    My name is Chelsea. I am eight years old. I was adopted from China when I was 10
                    months old. I also have a sister who was adopted from China two years later. Her          Grace took a deep breath and waited for the now After a short but heated debate over who should hold
                    name is Averie, she is six years old and is lots of fun. A few years later, my mom said   familiar dizzy feeling to fade. “Ok, so not the easiest on to the globe for safekeeping, Grace reluctantly
                    she would be adopting another Chinese girl and that she would be a Special Needs                                                                     agreed to leave the piece at her cousins’ house. She
                                                                                                              way to travel,” she said faintly.
                    baby. When I heard this I felt excited that there would be another member in the                                                                     knew Clarke and Martine were right. She would not be
                    family. My mom decoded to call our new baby Ruby Joy. My mom explained that it            Grace watched her two cousins as they too recovered
                                                                                                                                                                         able to resist the temptation to tamper with it at home
                    would be a long time until she would be leaving.                                          from the effects of the journey through space and time.
                                                                                                                                                                         and trying to sneak it past her aunt and uncle AND her
                                                                                                              Clarke held his head seemingly in an effort to keep it
                    More months passed and my mom started getting pictures of our new little sister. I                                                                   own parents could be risky.
                    soon found that the handicap that my sister had was that she was born without ears! I     from spinning, while Martine winced and hugged her
                                                                                                              stomach.                                                   After accepting a ride home with her aunt, Grace
                    was amazed! She also had a cleft palate. This is a hole in the roof of the mo0unth.
                                                                                                                                                                         walked quickly through the front door of her home. She
                    When I saw the first                                                                      A few minutes passed before anyone spoke.
                                                                                                                                                                         passed her father in the living room reading a
                    pictures of Ruby I                                         Chelsea, Averie & Ruby         “Did that all really happen?” said Martine, breaking the newspaper. “Hi dad,” she said calmly, trying to hide
                    thought she looked a                                                            Cheel
 Chelsea Cheel                                                                                                silence. “Or did we just wake up from some kind of her excitement over recent events.
                    little strange. I thought                                                                 mega real dream?”
 St Catharines ON   living with a girl                                                                                                                                   “Hi Gracie,” her dad replied. “How was your visit with
                    without ears would not                                                                    “No. It happened,” answered Grace. “It really Clarke and Martine?”
                    be comfortable. After                                                                     happened.”
                                                                                                                                                                         “Good,” said Grace heading down the hall to her room.
                    some more months                                                                          Grace and Martine turned to look at Clarke who had “You know, same old stuff.”
                    passed my mom                                                                             just stood up. “Listen. We can’t tell anyone…and I
                    started packing her                                                                                                                                  “Good. Good,” called her father as she left the room,
                                                                                                              mean ANYONE about this,” Clarke instructed in the
                    suitcases with clothes                                                                                                                               his eyes still directed at the paper in front of him.
                                                                                                              voice that usually meant ‘I’m the oldest and I’m in
                    and toys for the long                                                                                                                                Once in her room, Grace turned on her computer. She
                    trip to China. My mom                                                                                                                                eagerly went online and entered “Wu Zetien” as the
                    asked my grandma                                                                          “You’re right,” said Grace. “First, no one will believe us
                                                                                                                                                                         search string. Selecting the first link that appeared,
                    and my granddad to                                                                        and second, if anyone did, this little device could fall
                                                                                                                                                                         Grace was not terribly surprised with what she read.
                    look after me and my                                                                      into the wrong hands.”
                    sister for two whole
                                                                                                              “But don’t you think we should at least tell our                 Wu Zetien, also known as Wu Hou or Wu Chao, was
                    weeks. I was very sad
                                                                                                              parents?” suggested Martine. “This is pretty big. Too            born into a wealthy and well-connected Chinese
                    when I had to say
                    goodbye to my mom. The taxi came and my mom got in to drive to the airport. My            big for us to keep to ourselves.”                                family in the year 625. At the tender age of 14 she
                    granddad looked after me for the first few days and then my grandma looked after          “No. Absolutely not!” shrieked Grace. “They get upset            joined the Emperor’s court. When Wu Zetien was 27,
                    me. Living with my grandma was not easy but I got over it in no time. I had lots of fun   when we cross the street on our own. They’d never let            the Emperor, Tai Tsung, died and control of the
                    with my grandma. Over the week my Grandma took us many places one of the                  us use the globe again.”                                         Empire passed to his son, Kao Tsung. Several years
                    places she took us to was to the library. There we got books and my grandma got us                                                                         later, Wu Zetien married Kao Tsung, thus becoming
                    a treat. She got us chocolate milk! We had lots of fun.
                                                                                                              “What?!” cried Clarke and Martine in unison.
                                                                                                              “Are you crazy?” said Martine, her face unable to hide           empress. When her husband become ill, Wu Zetien
                    Finally the day came to drive to the airport see my mom. We had to wait a long time.                                                                       unofficially took power and continued to reign
                    But finally my mom came . I was so happy to see them both. Ruby did not look at all
                                                                                                              the sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach.
                                                                                                                                                                               through her son after her husband’s death. The
                    like what I had thought, but she sure was cute. We talked and talked in the taxi on the   “You mean you want to try this again? We barely made             empress was officially named Emperor in the year
                    way home. Ruby was looking all around and we were all looking at her. When we got         it back home this time. We may not be so lucky a                 690, and became the first and only female to hold this
                    home we had a Welcome Home Party. We stayed up very late.                                 second time,” Clarke said firmly.                                position.
                    Now Ruby has been in Canada for almost a year. It seems that we have had Ruby             Grace knew when she couldn’t win an argument.                    It is said that Zetien credited her rise in power in part
                    forever. Ruby has new hearing aids. Ruby’s mouth has been fixed, and she has a            “Alright. No plans to time-travel again for now. But we          to the assistance of three foreigners from a distant
                    special Speech Therapist so she is learning to talk. Sometimes she is a pest but          still can’t tell anyone, not even our parents. I don’t           nation although neither the existence nor the identity
                    most of the time she is lots of fun. We love her a lot!                                   know how they would react.”                                      of these foreigners has ever been confirmed….

                    Life with our Special Needs baby is the best thing in the world.                          Ok. Agreed,” said Clarke.
                                                                                                              “Grace and Clarke looked at Martine. Martine sighed.
                                                                                                              “Alright. Agreed,” she said finally.
                                                                                                                                                                     My Special Day
The Annual Photo                                                                                                                         When I was a baby, I was in an orphanage. The woman who adopted
                                                                                                                                         me always dreamed of having a daughter, but could not. This woman’s
 Roundup (con’t)                                                                                                                         name was Barbara June Ross. Barbara is now my mom!
                                                                                                                                         When my new mom and I came back to Canada from China, there were
                                                            Ellie (4) Steele
The photos that didn’t                                                                                                                   so many people waiting for us at the airport! Everyone was holding
                                                            Victoria BC
                                                                                                                                         presents for me! All these people were now my new friends and family.
   make it into the                                                                                                                      When I got to my new home, I finally saw my new room. After a nice
  Winter newsletter                                                                                                                      sleep, my mom took me to the park the next day. Then we went to a
                                                                                                                                         friend’s house where I met Birgitta, Frida and Linnea. Linnea and I met
                         Isabella (16m) & Leah (5) Manuel                                                                                by bumping into each other. Today I am 10 years old, I live with my
                         Toronto ON                                                                                                      wonderful mommy and Linnea is STILL my friendi
                                                                                                                  Emma Ross (10)
                                                                                                                                         I am so thankful to have a mom and caring friends like Linnea. I am
                                                                                                                  Mississauga, ON
                                                                                                                                         thankful because I was the one baby to get picked out of so many
                                                                                                                                         others! I love that I have a family and that I have so many friends. The
                                                                                                                                         best part about being adopted is being loved by everyone. Now I have a
                                                                                                                                         wonderful future to look forward to!

                                                                                                          The Sichuan Earthquake                                     Back to China With Yulin
                                                                                                                                                                Twelve day trips will be held in March and in April ,
                                                                                                                                                                2009. With enough interest, there will be an early July
                                                                                                                                                                trip as well.
                                                                                                                                                                The trips are designed for school-age children.
                                                                                                                                                                Families will visit cities such as Shanghai, Hangzhou
                                                                                                                                                                and Beijing. Opportunities will be available to visit
                                                                                                                                                                orphanage cities and orphanages. Children will
                                                                                                                                                                participate in a school half-day hosted by a class of
                                                                                                                                                                similar age children. You can see trip stories and a
                                                                                                                                                                typical itinerary on our website at
                                                                               Kai Lin (3½ ) Hogue
                                                                                                                                                                If you are interested visit our website and let us know
                                                                               Kingston Ontario
                                                                                                                                                                of your preferred travel time, and how many adults and
                                                                                                     The earthquake damaged a vast physical and                 children may be coming.
                                                                                                     economic infrastructure – estimates are in the area of
                                                                                                                                                                The cost of the inChina portion of the trip will be about
                                                                                                     $7B to $8B . Scores of thousands of people were
                                                                                                                                                                $2,900 for a couple and about $800 for a child sharing
                                                                                                     killed; hundreds of thousands injured, and half a
                                                                                                                                                                a room with parents(costs depend on exchange rate) .
                                                                                                     million displaced.
                                                                                                                                                                This does not include Canada-China airfare and a visit
                                                                                                     Reconstruction and relief efforts are ongoing and will     to a child’s orphanage.
                                                                                                     continue for months and years.
                                                     Emma (3½) Carne                                 Many families have expressed their concern for the                        Lost & Found
                                                       Burlington ON                                 earthquake victims. The proceeds of the “Silent            A child’s jeans jacket was left at FOI in Ottawa
                                                                                                     Auction” at the FOI Annual get-together this summer        during the Annual Gathering week. Call to claim.
                                                                                                     was about $3,200 which will be given to a CCAA relief
                                                                                                     fund devoted to the welfare of children orphaned by                      For the Asking
                                                                                                     the earthquake.
                                                                                  Katie (11) Mason                                                              Year of the Rat & Y ear of the Pig paper-cuts.
                                                                                     Kelvinton SK    Other families may wish to contribute. FOI will deliver
                                                                                                                                                                One Bicycles of Beijing photo CD
                                                                                                     any contributions to CCAA during an adoption trip in
                                                                                                     late September. We will report more fully on the           Recent editions of the newsletter
                                                                                                     contributions in the next issue of the newsletter.         Globe Spinners in a booklet format.
May 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                   June 2008
         In May 2008, LiYan, An & TieJian Carson from Chilliwack BC                                                                                                      Tracy Janzen of Saskatoon, SK travelled with 5 other
         travelled to China with their parents , Diane & Al Carson (and four                                                                                             families in June 2008 to meet her son, Samuel. This
         other families) to meet their new sister, Xiao Yang. LiYan and An                                                                                               was Tracy’s second trip , and she offered this
         provided these trip reports..                                                                                                                                   reflective report.

LiYan’s Report                              An’s Report                                                  Tessa             Evan                  Lillian
                                                                                                       Ottawa ON        Cornwall PE           Victoria, BC
My name is LiYan Carson and I am            My favorite part of going to China was playing with
                                                                                                                                       The first time I went to Beijing, my husband and I were adopting our first child, Faith. It was a
seven years old. In May, I traveled to      the babies Hannah and Angelica. Baby Hannah
                                                                                                                                       magical time; flying into China, Gotcha Day, the Great Wall and instant parenting in a hotel
China with my family and we had lots        lives just about 20 minutes away from my house.
                                                                                                                                       room, albeit a luxurious one, in a country thousands of miles away from home. Faith was
to do. I got to do something that others    They are so cute. I also like playing and hanging out
                                                                                                                                       nearly 22 months old and beautiful. We were a part of one of the biggest travel groups FOI had
didn’t get to do. I got sick and went to    with Rianne a girl that went to china that was my
                                                                                                                                       ever shepherded to China; 25 families in all. We hooked up at the Vancouver airport and Yulin
a Chinese hospital in Guangzhou             age. Actually Rianne and I were adopted on the
                                                                                                                                       and Bob played mama (and papa) duck to us little ducklings and we just followed one another.
where they gave me a needle. After          same trip in 1999 and we both got new sisters on
                                                                                                                                       It was such a whirlwind of new experiences that soaking in the subtleties of the Chinese
that I had a big rest and I liked that. I   this trip and became great friends. I also really liked
                                                                                                                                       culture was secondary.
also liked buying my cloisonné ring at      going to the acrobat show. The people were so
the factory. It is blue. I also like        talented and good at doing acrobats. I liked going          Angelica       Xin Yue Liane   Nearly four years later I was off to China, this time to meet and fall in love with a four-old boy
playing with baby Hannah. She lives         to the great wall of China. It was so long and so hot      Toronto ON       Regina SK      named Qian-Qian (soon to be Samuel). Marv and I decided that Faith and he would stay home
close to us so we can visit sometimes.      but I had lots of fun. I even did a presentation on it                                     and look after the jetlagged pair (Mama and Qian-Qian). Fortunately, my friend Dawn came
Yulin also took us to a restaurant that     at school when I got home. I really liked going to                                         with me to help co-parent and provide moral support and much needed luggage and Sam-
had lots of fresh food. There was a         see the pandas. They are so cute. I hope they                                              carrying as I had sprained my ankle the week before.
crocodile that so fresh that his body       won’t become extinct for a while but at least I have
                                                                                                                                       This time we met up with 5 other families. Five families went to Nanning and the sixth to
was still shaking after his head was        a mini statue of a panda. I really liked going
                                                                                                                                       Guangzhou. We were all families from the Waiting Child program and the children ranged
chopped off.                                shopping I didn’t get to buy lots of things but I had
                                                                                                                                       from nearly 3 years old to 5 years old.
                                            lots of fun shopping. Going to the silk and pearl
I’m TieJian Carson and I am six . I
                                            market was really fun too. I even bought a purse.                                          What a different trip this was from the first! It was still magical, there was still Gotcha Day, the
have a few favourite things about my
                                            Another fun thing was going to the silk market                                             Great Wall was as awe-inspiring as ever but the instant parenting took on a whole new
trip. We saw a fashion show at the silk
                                            because we all saw a fashion show. I love going to                                         meaning when it wasn't a baby or toddler but a full-blooded, bouncy, never stops moving four
factory. We went to a pet market                                                                       Xiao Yang
                                            China and hope I can go again some time.                                      Caitlin      year old. Babies and toddlers present their own unique challenge but shopping and
where I saw cute,                                                                                     Chilliwack, BC   Etobicoke ON    sightseeing with preschoolers was challenging to say the least. Unlike the first time where I
cute rabbits . When       The Carson family at the Wall                                                                                had a Santa-list of people to buy for, I had to apologize to just about everyone for not bringing
we were there, my          Dianne, An & Al                                                                                             any gifts home. Nothing (for me anyways) dampens the shopping fervour than a nervous
mom saw a kitten she       XiaoYang , LiYan & TieJian                                                                                  salesperson following you and your jumpy, touchy and charming preschooler everywhere.
wanted to take home.
                                                                                                                                       The hotel we stayed in this time was in a less
My sister Liyan saw a
                                                                                                                                       touristy area of Beijing. As Yulin put it, we saw more
chipmunk that she
                                                                                                                                       of the day to day lives of the people of Beijing.
wanted, too. At the                                                                                                                                                                                   Tracy & Sam shopping
Forbidden City, Mary                                                                                                                   We could see a hutong (an alley neighbourhood
Lou and Joe took                                                                                                                       unique to China and quickly disappearing) from out
pictures with us and                                                                                                                   hotel window and the street life that last night we
their new baby,                                                                                         Hannah           Samuel        were in Beijing will stay with me forever. O Tracy &
Angelica. I also liked                                                                                Abbotsford BC    Saskatoon SK    Marvin Janzen ur farewell dinner was at a renowned
staying in the hotels,                                                                                                                 restaurant a couple blocks from our hotel. Walking
but it was so sad                                                                                                                      in the humid, hot air hearing the talking, the
because the TV                                                                                                                         laughter, the excitement, the sights and smells
showed lots of stuff                                                                                                                   made the whole experience bittersweet. The
about the poor people                                                                                                                  knowledge that Qian-Qian (Sam) would be leaving
who were stuck in the                                                                                                                  this unique, vibrant and mysterious culture that was
earthquake. A lot of                                                                                                                   so much a part of who he and his sister are. It made
kids and grown ups           Dianne,           An                  Al                                                                  me appreciate, far more than I did on our first trip,
died. We also went to                                                                                                                  what both my children were losing and with Canada
a zoo.                          Xiao Yang         Li Yan            Tie Jian                                                           looming before us, what Sam was gaining.
                                                                                                        Rachelle,        Samuel
                                                                                                      Newmarket ON      Calgary AB

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