“Born In The U.S., Raised In China: ‘Satellite Babies’ Have A Hard Time Coming Home”
by National Public Radio

“Satellite babies” are the subjects of a new research project focusing on Chinese immigrants in the Boston area.

Like satellites in space, these children leave from and return to the same spot. They normally return to the U.S. in time for school.

Coordinated by Cindy Liu, a psychologist at Harvard University, points out that no one knows exactly how many Chinese immigrant families send their babies to be raised by family in China. Liu’s goal is to determine the long-term impacts of the experience on both children and parents.

According to researchers, similar arrangements among immigrant communities from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.