Books

Chasing the American Dream in China: Chinese Americans in the Ancestral Homeland. Under contract at Rutgers University Press.

2016. Outsourced Children: Orphanage Care and Adoption in Globalizing ChinaStanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 

      Winner of: 

     *Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award, ASA Children and Youth Section, 2018

     *Honorable Mention, Goode Book Award, ASA Family Section, 2018

     *Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title, American Library Association, 2017

2010. From Home to Homeland: What Adoptive Families Need to Know Before Making a Return Trip to China. St. Paul, MN: Yeong and Yeong Book Company. (Jacobs, Debra, Ponte, Iris and Leslie Wang, Eds). 


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

2017. “‘Leftover Women’ and ‘Kings of the Candy Shop’: Gendering Chinese American Ancestral Homeland Migration to China.” American Behavioral Scientist, 61(10) 1172–1191.

2016. “The Benefits of In-Betweenness: Return Migration of Second-Generation Chinese American Professionals to China.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 

2016. “Producing Global Adoptability of Special Needs Children in China.positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 24(1): 129-154.

2015. “Letting Her Go: Western Adoptive Families’ Search and Reunion With Chinese Birth Parents.” Adoption Quarterly 18(1): 45-66. (Lead author, with Iris Ponte and Elizabeth Weber Ollen).

2013. “Unequal Logics of Care: Gender, Globalization and Volunteer Work of Expatriate Wives in China.” Gender & Society 27 (2): 538-560.

2010. “Importing Western Childhoods into a Chinese State-Run Orphanage.” Qualitative Sociology 33 (2): 137-159.

2010. “Returning to China: The Experiences of Adopted Chinese Children and Their Parents.Adoption Quarterly 13 (2): 100-124. (Second author, with Iris Ponte and Serena Fan). 


Book Chapters

2018. Liu, Cindy, Stephen Chen, Yyvonne Bohr, Leslie Wang, and Edward Tronick. (Invited). “Exploring the Assumptions of Attachment Theory Across Cultures: The Practice of Transnational Separation Among Chinese Immigrant Parents and Children.” In J. Lupp (Ed.). Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment. Strüngmann Forum Reports & MIT Press.

2016. Liu, Cindy, Stephen Chen, Yvonne Bohr, Leslie Wang, and Edward Tronick. “Exploring the Assumptions of Attachment Theory Across Cultures: The Practice of Transnational Separation Among Chinese Immigrant Parents and Children.” In J. Lupp (Ed.). Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment. Strüngmann Forum Reports & MIT Press, pp. 171-192.

2010. “Searching for Origins: Parent and Child Perspectives on Return Trips to China,” (with Iris Ponte and Serena Fan). In From Home to Homeland: What Adoptive Families Need to Know Before Making a Return Trip to China, Debra Jacobs, et al. (Eds). St. Paul, MN: Yeong and Yeong Book Company.