One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins

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Esther Frederick shows her identical twin, Zeng Shuangjie, photos she took with her camera. Esther is interested in photography, art, baking and fashion, while Shuangjie likes badminton, pingpong, music and writing Chinese characters. The girls were separated when they were toddlers.
(Liu Hongbin / For The Times)

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Barbara Demick is New York correspondent of the Los Angeles Times, formerly head of the bureaus in Beijing and Seoul. She is the author of “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” and “Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood.” Demick has won Britain’s Samuel Johnson Award for best nonfiction; the George Polk Award; the Robert F. Kennedy Award; the Osborn Elliott Prize for Journalism from the Asia Society; the Overseas Press Club’s Joe and Laurie Dine Award for human rights reporting; the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Award; and Stanford University’s Shorenstein Award for best Asia reporting. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.