A life in legal limbo

On 16/08/2013 by Site Default

When Zhu Shuibao found a naked, crying baby in a basket on the roadside one August morning 14 years ago, she decided the baby shared the same destiny with her and brought him home.

Although the baby’s skin was dark, it never occurred to her that he might be a mixed child of Chinese and black parentage. When Zhu took the infant to a local hospital to have a physical check, the doctor told her the baby was a hunxue, literally, of “mixed blood.” “I had never heard of the term ‘mixed blood’ for the first 55 years of my life,” said the now 69-year-old Zhu. “I asked the doctor if the baby’s blood was not good as I was worried that I could not afford to raise a sick baby.”

But when the doctor told her “mixed blood” means the baby is the child of a Chinese and a foreigner, she breathed a sigh of relief, and gave the baby the name of Junlong with her family name Zhu, and the nickname Baobao…



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