October 24, 2005 12:00 PM

Mei Mei Little Sister

Of the hundreds of thousands of children in China’s state orphanages, 95 percent are girls. Richard Bowen, a photographer whose two daughters were adopted in China, created Mei Mei (“little sister” in Mandarin) “because I think of girls who remain as their ‘little sisters.’ ” He focused on subjects over 2 because at 3 or 4, finding a home becomes much less likely. “Every one of these girls,” he says, “deserves the same kind of home my daughters have.”

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