Two girls abandoned in China as newborns and adopted by American parents returned as teenagers to where their lives began. Girls their age who grew up in the rural towns where the American adoptees were found show them about what it's been like to grow up as a rural daughter in 21st century China. As the American and Chinese girls spend time together, they tell each other about their very different lives, while also finding common threads. "Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods" is about these girls' unique experiences. Its stories tell modern China history through the lens of girls and women's lives. They also offer an in-depth exploration of China's one-child policy. It is the only China-adoptee book to revolve around the kind of cross-cultural encounters that these American and Chinese teen girls had.