Interview with Dr. Jim Garrow of The Pink Pagoda

This past week, I was given the opportunity to speak with Dr. Jim Garrow. Dr. Garrow was the runner-up to President Barack Obama for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Pink Pagoda, a group started by Dr. Garrow, is responsible for saving the lives of over 40,000 Chinese baby girls from China’s one-child policy. Here are some of the highlights of my interview with Dr. Garrow:

Jordan: Up to this point, how many children have been saved by the Pink Pagoda Project?

Dr. Garrow: Just over 44,000.

Jordan: Could you tell us just a little bit about the reaction from Chinese parents when you approach them about taking a child they might otherwise kill?

Dr. Garrow: Well, for moms who are facing this and know that they are going to face it, they are very relieved and very heartened that a foreigner would like to help.

Jordan: Many consider you a criminal. How does your organization deal with those issues?

Dr. Garrow: Well, it’s an interesting thing. It’s not a gray area, because it is against the law for a parent to give up a child for adoption if they’re capable of taking care of it. The greatest number of babies come through the military, the People’s Liberation Army. So we are directly in touch with and saving babies from the people who would probably be the ones to arrest us if things went the normal course. Instead, we are getting support. We’ve received much cooperation. We’ve been protected very much by these same folks who could actually imprison us.

Jordan: In 2009, you were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for these efforts. Can you tell us a little about what that was like?

Dr. Garrow: Well, it was an amazing phone call. I got a call from a man who identified himself as the president of a very well-known university in China. He indicated to me that our group had saved his granddaughter and he would be honored to nominate me and wanted my permission to do that. I said, “Of course, yes, thank you so much for the honor.”

Jordan: What does the future look like for the Pink Pagoda Campaign?

Dr. Garrow: We’re beyond our greatest mark of numbers in a day. We are now saving fifteen a day or more and we have increased the number of folks who are doing it. We are expanding everywhere in China because the need is there. They kill 8 million baby girls a year in that massive country, so 44,000 babies in twelve years is just a drop in the bucket. So we are just pleased that God enables us with money to make this happen. We pay for this all by ourselves, by the way. We aren’t a charity looking for dollars. God has enabled it and we just see more and more in the future.

You can find out more about The Pink Pagoda here.

  • Guest

    He definitely should have won the Peace Prize. Obama doesn’t deserve it.

  • floridahank

    Here’s an interesting site with related information:

  • guest

    Jordan, you need to do your homework and not just trust those you interview point blank. Even suggesting he was a “runner up” to Barack Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize is only based on Jim Garrow’s words. As the Nobel Peace Prize site states, ” The names of the nominees and other information about the nominations cannot be revealed until 50 years later” This gentleman has had his teaching licence revoked in Ontario, Canada. There is NO proof of anyone getting a baby because of his efforts; and he has bilked many, many people out of thousands of dollars and continues to boast in his grandiose, narcissistic manner about all the wonderful things he is doing. Your readers would do well to read the blog above by floridahank. 

  • arlindsay
  • arlindsay

    “Dr. Garrow’s self-described honorary doctorate comes from a non-accredited North Carolina college that declined to return calls to reporters seeking to confirm the degree.

    As has already been pointed out, the Nobel Foundation does not disclose the names of failed nominees for 50 years. You should note that any University professor of history, law, social science, philosophy or theology can nominate anyone they wish for the Peace Prize. The Prize is exclusive, but nominations are not. You have literally never met a single human being in your entire life who is unqualified to be nominated for the Peace Prize.

  • Bill Jones

    People are actually buying the snake-oil this self-aggrandizing sociopath is selling?

  • Bryan Araki

    Can’t believe the hate and BS you morons have for this guy. NONE of you have any proof. All those links you posted are way more suspect than any of Dr. Garrows seems many of you either hate China or Chinese or just jealous and or one of those types who come out of the woodpile just to join in like a lemming to the hate party. All of you are a sad bunch of internet living hermits. Ive adopted 2 girls one from china and one from Korea and Ive heard of Dr. Garrow from Chinese people IN China NOT off the freaking web like you ignorant idiots. Man just STFU and crawl back into your holes.