Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love Hardcover – Mar 1 2010
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"This is an extraordinary book told with generosity and warmth by a brilliant storyteller" -- Hilary Spurling Financial Times "Xinran rages against the system and gives voice to adoptive mothers overseas who have rescued young Chinese girls and desolate birth mothers who grieve and feel guilt for the loss of their daughters" -- Iain Finlayson The Times "One would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved" Economist "No bleaker picture exists of the fate of Chinese female infants...than Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother" Spectator "Harrowing and heartbreaking yet important tales" SHE Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born in Beijing in 1958, XINRAN was a journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she wrote her bestselling book The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian, appeared frequently on radio and TV and published Sky Burial, What the Chinese Don't Eat, a novel (Miss Chopsticks), and a groundbreaking work of oral history, China Witness. Her charity, The Mothers' Bridge of Love, was founded to help disadvantaged Chinese children and to build a bridge of understanding between the West and China.See all Product Description
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A MUST READ for any family who plans to or has adopted from China. It gives great cultural perspective to gain a better understanding of the vast array of possibilities of how and why our children may have come into orphanage care. I truly cannot believe that someone could read this and NOT feel compassion towards their child's birth family, if they didn't already. While some of the stories are not shocking to me (based on having already done much reading on the subject of child abandonment and orphanage care in China), the information is more personal and a very good balance to other text. It's a must have in your library if you are a family with a child from China.
Xinran does an incredible job at addressing the unimaginable heartache and pain millions of Chinese mothers suffered as they were pressured to abandon their children in the street, leave their crying infant on the steps of a run-down and inadequate orphanage, and even kill their own child!
Unfortunately, these are the realities of China and for every mother there who has lost a child, they carry unbelievable and undeniable pain, anguish, torment, and suffering that at times, drives them to commit suicide.
This is an emotional book that you MUST read! As a non-Chinese mother, this incredible book evoked emotions deep into my soul and awakening feelings I didn't even know I had. My heart truly goes out to the millions of Chinese mothers and daughters everywhere who don't know each other or who wait to someday to meet again on some plane.
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The collection of true stories by Xin Ran is a true eye opener. The heartfelt emotions of the mothers who gave away their daughters brings tears.Published 16 months ago by Eva Ing
This is my 3rd time reading these anecdotes of sadness. Read this. Your heart will break. Xinran is an amazing writer.Published 23 months ago by mina