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KNOXVILLE — Parents in China have abandoned thousands of baby girls because of the country’s one-child policy. Investigative reporter Lisa Ling will talk on Sept. 29 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, about how this issue has affected culture and development in China.

Ling’s lecture on “China’s Lost Girls” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Ling has covered stories all over the world including gang rape in the Congo, the drug war in Colombia and bride burning in India.

As a correspondent for National Geographic’s “Explorer,” Ling has reported on Chinese policy that has led to families abandoning baby girls and many American couples adopting them. She will talk about how the growing disparity in the number of boys and girls in China may affect the country and its economy.

Ling has been in broadcast journalism for nearly 20 years, and is most widely known as a co-host on “The View.” She also has been a reporter for Channel One News, CNN, the Oxygen Network and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

She is a contributing editor for USA Weekend and recently co-authored the book “Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood.”

Ling’s visit is co-sponsored by the Issues Committee and the Asian American Student Association.

The Issues Committee is a component of the Central Program Council, which represents seven committees under the Office of Student Activities. The purpose of the Issues Committee is to bring interesting and informative issues to campus.


Ashleigh Moyer, CPC, (865) 974-5455, amoyer@utk.edu

Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@tennessee.edu