For Most of her life in rural China Ah Lan has been a simple lotus root farmer. Within the confines of her home, however, she participates in a more sinister business. As a halfway house for kidnapped chidren, Ah Lan spends her time subtly changing these kids to help their transition when they are bought by rich urban families.
Through the popular Chinese legend of Ne Zha, Ah Lan weaves a convincing web of dream worlds, conflict and destiny for the kidnapped children to become a part of. When they have identified with this legendary character, they are sent to their new family believing the life they had before was simply a dream. For Ah Lan, however, the reality of her trade sites heavy in her heart.
Lotus Root Children is the Xeric Award Winning inaugural graphic novel from Chinese Canadian Artist Wei Li. Approaching the emotional and often confused subject of child trafficking in his native country, Li envelopes it in a sensitive human narrative where the lines between moral and immoral become blurred.