Jenna Cook

Jenna Cook graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Yale University with a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. For her senior thesis, Cook interviewed 50 Chinese birth parents who had abandoned daughters in the wake of the one child policy. The original research won numerous awards, including the Yale John Addison Porter Prize for outstanding thesis or dissertation. Aside from her academic scholarship on China and gender issues, Cook has been committed to supporting the community of Chinese international adoptees living in the US. While at Yale, she organized and led monthly culture classes for local Chinese adopted girls to learn about Chinese history, culture and language. She also served as a primary subject in an award-winning documentary film about US-China international adoption and traveled to speak with audiences nationwide. Cook is currently researching Chinese domestic adoption policy and practice while on a US-China Fulbright Fellowship.

2 thoughts

  1. I’m an adoptive father in the U.S., my daughter was born in Guatemala. What role if any did your adoptive parents have in the search for your biological parents and your trip to China?

  2. Hi Jenna,
    My daughter was adopted from China – I would really like to help her find biological Mom, Dad, brother or sister. Is there anything like “ancestry.com” in China that can compare DNA? Beverly

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