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Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother is made up of the stories of Chinese mothers whose daughters have been wrenched from them, and also brings us the voices of some adoptive mothers from different parts of the world.
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Return to Book Page. Nicky Harman Translator. Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother is made up of the stories of Chinese mothers whose daughters have been wrenched from them, and also brings us the voices of some adoptive mothers from different parts of the world.
These are stories which Xinran could not bring herself to tell previously - because they were too painful and close to home. In the footsteps of Xinran's G Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother is made up of the stories of Chinese mothers whose daughters have been wrenched from them, and also brings us the voices of some adoptive mothers from different parts of the world. In the footsteps of Xinran's Good Women of China , this is personal, immediate, full of harrowing, tragic detail but also uplifting, tender moments.
Ten chapters, ten women and many stories of heartbreak, including her own: Xinran once again takes us right into the lives of Chinese women - students, successful business women, midwives, peasants, all with memories which have stained their lives. Whether as a consequence of the single-child policy, destructive age-old traditions or hideous economic necessity Here are the 'extra-birth guerrillas' who travel the roads and the railways, evading the system, trying to hold onto more than one baby; naive young student girls who have made life-wrecking mistakes; the 'pebble mother' on the banks of the Yangzte still looking into the depths for her stolen daughter; peasant women rejected by their families because they can't produce a male heir; and finally there is Little Snow, the orphaned baby fostered by Xinran but 'confiscated' by the state.
The book sends a heartrending message from their birth mothers to all those Chinese girls who have been adopted overseas at the end of there were over , registered adoptive families for Chinese orphans, almost all girls, in 27 countries , to show them how things really were for their mothers, and to tell them they were loved and will never be forgotten.
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Was it because it was twins? They also face additional taxation. See 1 question about Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book is the back story to all those little Chinese girls people from the West adopt. It's heartbreaking to see that the Chinese government with its policies on land grants and extra food distribution - on the birth of a boy child only - together with the one-child policy have set the scene for the murder of new-born baby girls, which is expected and never prosecuted.
Those who can't bear to 'do' as the euphemism goes their daughters, or pay the midwife to 'do' them, abandon them. As the o This book is the back story to all those little Chinese girls people from the West adopt.
As the orphanages have become an important business resource for the Chinese, selling the little girls to Westerners, there is less need to murder them and that in a very small way is a good but unbelievably sad thing.
China has to be the most corrupt government in the entire world to sanction the murder of babies. Beats even Yemen where they repealed the relatively new law not allowing 9 year girls to be sold married off after I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced came out in favour of a minimum age of The law was repealed because there were big protests saying the law was unIslamic - Mohammed married a 9 year old girl - and the law now is that it is for the parents father to decide when his daughter should be married.
Here are some pretty pics of little girls who should be in primary school married to men their father's or grandfather's age. The last story in the book is a very sad one but gives no hope for the future at all. The author makes the aquaintance of an internationally-travelling executive high up in the Chinese Adoption Services. She and her husband gave up their baby girl because she didn't have time to look after it and keep her executive job and they didn't for some reason want a nanny.
She was wracked with guilt, as she should be, giving excuses of a better life for the child being adopted abroad, but it was hard to feel any sympathy for her.
It just seems that girls aren't worth making sacrifices for. The book ends on a very sad and cynical note. It is with a document, the law and all its clauses pertaining to adoption in China.
The lip service given to the protection of girl babies is somehow even worse than acknowledging that it's perfectly fine to murder or abandon these infants. If a problem isn't acknowledged then no solution is possible because one just isn't seen as needed, or worse, any suggestions might be punished as they suggest that the law, the State, is imperfect.
The single baby system is officially at an end. Not because the world is looking aghast at all this state-sponsored murder but because there are too many males without women roaming in marauding posses in some areas, kidnapping girls, wives even, in others and in general bringing the kind of social difficulties that young lads often do, but made worse without even the possibility of sex, young love and marriage for many of them.
The other factor is that China is an ageing population - as technology keeps more alive for longer, someone has to work to pay for the care of old people, not just the pensions, but the housing and the medical care. Hence more young people to pay taxes are necessary. But still, so many thousands of years of desiring boys and of girls being the booby prize, that isn't likely to go any time soon.
I read the book in sadness and in anger. The war isn't between the races, political systems, the various military battles over land, it is between men and women. As long as men make laws that control how women should live their lives and their bodies and where there is an obvious devaluation of women compared to men, then that is the war all good people, men and women, should be standing up to fight.
We are different from each other but each life is equal and that should be enshrined in every law, rule and religious precept in the entire world, otherwise it is just domination by the strong on those who have been kept weak.
This review is all over the place because it wasn't written in any order and the paragraphs were just ported around a bit willy-nilly, which is how I feel about the book along with my confusion, sadness, anger and sympathy for the mothers, the babies and the poor fathers who never even considered the special love an adoring daughter has for her Daddy.
View all 71 comments. Shelves: nonfiction , china. I have an adopted Chinese daughter. We call her Mei Mei which means little sister in Mandarin. I think about her birth parents regularly and imagine that they must think about her as well. In the orphanage she was called Fu Ping. She was born in Aksu, Xinjiang, China but she is pretty much an American child now at the age of nine. From her I have an adopted Chinese daughter. From her immersion in the American culture, she quickly picked up English, became more outgoing, and learned that there was always going to be a next meal.
We are still dealing with issues related to her cleft palate but she is doing well. She inherited an energetic spirit and an inquiring mind from her birth parents. Since she has been a part of our life, I have taken a special interest in books about China.
But you can decide that for yourself. Many of the stories in this book are heartbreaking as well as gruesome. This is a book with some unhappy endings. She looked at the bowl of water the midwife had prepared for her before the birth. This was the Killing Trouble water for drowning the girl baby in. For a boy, the bowl for washing the baby was called the Watering the Roots bath.
I wonder how a mother could kill her own daughter. I have never heard of the father doing it but sometimes it is the midwife or a person other than the mother. In this book you will meet mothers who have done just that, the unbelievable, and then gone on with their lives. You will hear their stories in their own words. Newborns are abandoned and are placed in orphanages and may eventually be adopted, many internationally including in the U. However, many never leave orphanages until they reach adulthood.
More recently once it became possible to determine the sex of a child in utero, those with the economic ability and access to medical procedures mostly women in urban areas make that determination and abort girls. This does not happen in rural areas where women have no money and no medical care. The one child policy is predominantly enforced in urban areas but there is still a very strong tradition in the countryside of wanting the first living child to be a boy.
Once a rural woman has a boy, she may well go on to have one or more additional pregnancies with girls being acceptable. Both of these books are about women who have been separated from their babies right after birth.
Reading these two books is an emotional experience for me. Not only do I have an adopted Chinese daughter but I was a teenager when my first son was born. It is easy to hear these same words coming from a Chinese mother who has abandoned a child.
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She was well known for travelling extensively in China to interview women for her work. In , she moved to London and began writing stories of the women she met along her journeys. Her first book, The Good Women of China , was published in , becoming an international bestseller. Xinran was born into a wealthy and privileged family on 19 July She was raised by her grandparents due to her parents' imprisonment during China's cultural revolution. She has said that her first memory was of the Red Guards setting her home on fire when she was 6 years old. Xinran was married, while working as an army administrator, and has one son, Panpan, who was born in
Qty :. At the start of the twentieth century in China, the Hans were married in an elaborate ceremony before they were even born. While their future was arranged by their families, this couple had much to be grateful for. Not only did they come from similar backgrounds — and as such were recognized as a good match - they also had a shared passion in their deep love of ancient Chinese poetry. They went on to have nine children and chose colours portrayed in some of their favourite poems as nicknames for them - Red, Cyan, Orange, Yellow, Green, Ginger, Violet, Blue and Rainbow. Fate, and the sweep of twentieth century history would later divide these children into three groups: three went to America or Hong Kong to protect the family line from the communists; three were married to revolutionaries having come of age as China turned red; while three suffered tragic early deaths. With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Xinran describes the lives and loves of this extraordinary family over four generations.
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Following her internationally bestselling book The Good Women of China, Xinran has written one of the most powerful accounts of the lives of Chinese women. Her searing stories of mothers who have been driven to abandon their daughters or give them up for adoption is a masterful and significant work of literary reportage and oral history. Xinran has gained entrance to the most pained, secret chambers in the hearts of Chinese mothers—students, successful businesswomen, midwives, peasants—who have given up their daughters.
Спидометр показывал 60 миль в час. До поворота еще минуты две. Он знал, что этого времени у него. Сзади его нагоняло такси. Он смотрел на приближающиеся огни центра города и молил Бога, чтобы он дал ему добраться туда живым. Беккер проехал уже половину пути, когда услышал сзади металлический скрежет, прижался к рулю и до отказа открыл дроссель. Раздался приглушенный звук выстрела.
Двухцветный посмотрел на часы Беккера. Его лицо казалось растерянным. - Обычно я напиваюсь только к четырем! - Он опять засмеялся. - Как быстрее добраться до аэропорта. - У входа возьмешь такси.
Она молила Бога, чтобы Стратмору звонил Дэвид. Скажи мне скорей, что с ним все в порядке, - думала. - Скажи, что он нашел кольцо. Но коммандер поймал ее взгляд и нахмурился. Значит, это не Дэвид. Сьюзан почувствовала, что у нее перехватило дыхание.
Вздохнув, она просунула руку в углубление с цифровым замком и ввела свой личный код из пяти цифр. Через несколько секунд двенадцатитонная стальная махина начала поворачиваться. Она попыталась собраться с мыслями, но они упрямо возвращали ее к. Дэвид Беккер.
Верно. - Куда он делся.
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