Meet Ye Xiaofeng

On March 2nd, a heartwarming reunion unfolded in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, marking the end of a seven-year quest for Ye Xiaofeng, a 23-year-old Chinese-born Swedish woman, to find her biological parents. Raised in Sweden after being abandoned at the Hangzhou Children’s Welfare Institute in 2001, Ye’s journey back to her birthplace captivated the adoption world, underscoring the deep-seated importance of embracing identity and belonging throughout an adoption journey.

Born in China but raised in Sweden by an adoptive couple, Ye embarked on her emotional journey to find her biological parents at the age of 16. Despite growing up in Umea, Sweden, Ye felt a longing to discover her roots and understand her heritage. In 2017, she traveled alone to Hangzhou, determined to uncover her past while attending the Academy of Art.

After years of relentless searching, Ye’s breakthrough came when a police officer from the Nanchang Railway Public Security Department stumbled upon her online plea for information. Through meticulous investigation and DNA testing, a paternal connection was confirmed with a man named Jiang residing in Ningbo, Zhejiang.

The reunion, near Ye’s university in Hangzhou, was an emotional moment as she embraced her biological father, Jiang, tightly—a hug she had yearned for her entire life. Their heartfelt embrace symbolized the closure of a chapter and the beginning of a new one in Ye’s life.

Ye’s story resonates deeply with many adoptees and families involved in international adoption, highlighting the complexities and emotional journey of reconnecting with one’s roots. China has been a significant source country for international adoptions, with thousands of children being adopted by families around the world each year. The journey of adoption, whether domestic or international, often involves navigating a myriad of emotions, challenges, and joys.

As Ye continues to navigate this new chapter in her life, her reunion with her biological parents offers hope and healing, demonstrating the power of perseverance and the importance of understanding one’s identity and heritage. For those interested in learning more about international adoption and reconnection with biological relatives, offers valuable resources and support. Whether you’re considering adoption or seeking information on reunion, exploring these avenues can provide insight and guidance on your own journey of discovery.

Ye Xiaofeng’s story reminds us of the profound bonds that connect us to our origins and the resilience of the human spirit in the pursuit of belonging and connection.

(Source: Adapted from reports by SHINE and Waqas Arain at

Emotional Reunion: Ye Xiaofeng and Her Heartfelt Adoption Journey