WASHINGTON (June 29, 2004)—In response to an outpouring of consumer demand for the National Geographic Ultimate Explorer episode “China’s Lost Girls,” National Geographic Television & Film is releasing a direct-to-consumer DVD title of the program.
The episode follows host Lisa Ling as she travels to China to join American families as they meet their new Chinese daughters. Ling examines the complex issues surrounding the country’s one-child policy and the impact it has had on families and society. To curb the country’s expanding population, China limits most families to one child, or in certain circumstances, two children. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, and girls are often hidden, aborted or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China.
National Geographic has received thousands of phone calls and e-mails about the show, many from parents of adopted Chinese children expressing gratitude for the telling of the story and requesting the episode to show their adopted children where they came from and why.
“These little girls are the most discarded members of Chinese society. They are just left in parks and on the side of the road. There are so many kids in this world that need to be saved,” says Ultimate Explorer host and journalist Lisa Ling. “I’m glad we can reach more people with the story and provide them with needed insight and information.”
Available exclusively through National Geographic, the DVD can be purchased for $19.95 plus shipping and handling by calling 800-627-5162 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The DVD is available for preorder immediately and will ship around July 9.
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