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by Ting-xing Ye

eBook Throwaway Daughter download ISBN: 0571221548
Author: Ting-xing Ye
Publisher: Faber & Faber (March 18, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 240
ePub: 1560 kb
Fb2: 1211 kb
Rating: 4.7
Other formats: lrf azw rtf lit
Category: Children's Books
Subcategory: Geography and Cultures

Throwaway Daughter Upon first reading this book, I loved it. It was like looking through a window . Ting-xing Ye, born in Shanghai in 1952, was an English interpreter for the Chinese government before leaving China in 1987.

Upon first reading this book, I loved it. It was like looking through a window into another world. Hearing the two different perspectives (the daughter's and the mother's) gives insight into the human side of this issue. Her memoir, A Leaf in the Bitter Wind, has been published in nine countries. She is also the author of three children’s picture books and the award-winning White Lily.

Ting-Xing Ye. But you love barbecued chicken breast. No way, Megan persisted. Do you know how many growth hormones there are in chicken nowadays? Tons. We learned about it in biology. We learned about it in biology hose chemicals can’t be good for us. And Amy says meat has cholesterol that makes you fa. .Yuck, said Dong-mei. I don’t want to eat chemicals!. I shot Megan a look that she blissfully ignored. Kevin helped himself to a second piece. She’s only seventeen and she’s almost full-grown

Her daughter’s name was Yong-fang-Forever Fragrant. I was sure that it was customary for a widow to live with her son.

Throwaway daughter, . 0. Throwaway Daughter, . Her daughter’s name was Yong-fang-Forever Fragrant. As if she’d read my mind, Mrs. Xia explained that she had lived for two years with her son’s family in Zhenjiang, but things didn’t work out with her daughter-in-law. It’s better here, near the canal, she said. Quieter, and my granddaughter is a delight.

Throwaway Daughter book. Throwaway Daughter by Ting- xing Ye is a historical fiction novel. This book is about a Chinese female orphan who was abandoned by her biological family in the late 1800's and early 1900's. After an event in Beijing, she goes out and tries to find her parents in China and why they abandoned her.

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A dramatic and moving YA novel by Ting-xing Ye, the internationally acclaimed author of A Leaf in the Bitter Wind, working with her husband, William Bell, author of the award-winning novels for young adults Forbidden City, Zack, and Stones. Throwaway Daughter tells the dramatic and moving story of Grace Dong-mei Parker, a typical Canadian teenager until the day she witnesses the Tiananmen massacre on television.

Grace Dong-Mei is adopted and taken to Canada. Watching the Tianenmen Square massacre on television prompts her to explore her Chinese ancestry and she begins to unlock the truth about what really happened to her almost 20 years before.
Comments: (5)
If you want to tell the truth, it's best to tell it in a story. Facts are static and just get in the way. And the novel The Throwaway Daughter tells many truths about the nature of chinese adoption on both a micro and macro level. Still, it is important to remember that this is fiction, and uses all of the creative licenses as such.

If you have an investment or connection to adoption from China, I would say this is a 5 star novel. The description of the novel does not do it justice and is inaccurate. Only about 40% of the novel is told from the point of view of the girl, (and then young woman) adopted from China. The rest of the novel is told from the first person point of view of the rest of the players-- the adoptive mother, the birth mother, the birth mothers family, the birth fathers family, and the woman who took in the abandoned child and worked to get her adopted. I saw none of them being made villians, but some are made saints.

The writing is clever, nifty, and most importantly doesn't get in the way of an incredible story. And the writer took some chances with this novel for sure. Taking the incredible dynamic of Chinese adoption, which I find both tragic and miraculous, and making an ending that is a near fairy-tale despite the cultural and societal horrors. And the words and perspectives of Dong-mei's view towards her birth mother are sure to raise discussion. The novel did bring me to tears at times. To me, it did what a novel is supposed to do... it made me look forward to reading it, captured me, and made me think about it and reflect long after it was over.
Baby Dong-Mei is abandoned, left in front of an orphanage in China. Like many other baby girls born soon after the one-child policy, she is unwanted by her own family before they even get to know her. She is adopted by Canadian parents and grows up as Grace Parker.

Grace doesn't really remember anything about China. She just wants to be Grace Parker. She just wants to be Canadian. Her adoptive parents do their best to help her find her roots. She doesn't want anything to do with that and is rather bitter about her biological parents. (I mean, they left her!)

OK So, she grows up, learns Chinese, travels to see the world (well, China), and discovers things about her past, and people, and life, basically.
The story is told from Grace and many others' perspectives. It gets the most intense when Chun-mei relates her story and what happened when Grace was born. She tells about the the stress, the expectation of a boy, and the reactions of the family when they are confronted with what they fear most--a baby girl. This is almost like Not-YA. The topics that it touches on are heavy: boy-preferences, one-child policy, murder of baby girls, arranged marriage, adoption. Whew!

It is a good read. Leave you much to think about. Well written. Intriguing. Yes. That's the word for it, intriguing.

And you know what else stuck in my mind? That FISH! OMG!
Grace Dong-Mei Parker was adopted from a Chinese orphanage by Canadian parents, and despite their well-meaning efforts, she's adamantly opposed to having anything to do with her Chinese heritage. The sense of identity that language lessons and lunches in Chinatown never accomplish, happens dramatically when she witnesses a news broadcast of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and results in her return to China at the age of twenty to try to track down her birth parents. The circumstances of her birth and abandoment comes out gradually, from several points of view.
Despite being nominated for the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults, this reads like adult fiction to me, especially with the complexity of the narrative (multiple points of view and timeshifts--but it's not as confusing as it sounds). Adjectives include lyrical, bittersweet and Canadian.
This book must be read as a fictional story. Unfortunately, many readers will come away thinking that they are now more informed on how international adoption in China results. An analogy would be thinking that "true love" was illustrated through a Harlequin romance novel.

As an adoptive mother of two girls from China, I read this book initially with anticipation that this might be a book that I would introduce to them. Unfortunately, it is the author's romanticized, sanitized version of how female infants come to be abandoned by their birth parents and subsequently adopted by foreigners. This book should be read after one reads "A Bitter Leaf in the Wind", the author's autobiography which details how she came to her decision to leave her own 9-year-old daughter to pursue a relationship with a married American man, William Bell (who also had children). Then perhaps one could appreciate that this novel (i.e. Throwaway Daughter) is possibly the author's way of assuaging her own guilt for abandoning her own daughter "for better opportunities." Unfortunately, the opportunity was for the author herself, not her own child. This is quite unlike the situation whereby these foundlings are left so that better opportunities could be had for these children.

This book is entertaining in following the path of one searching for oneself through looking for one's roots, but is definitely not meant to be educational about the complex issue of adoption. Read it with this in mind.

For more factual account of Chinese adoption, I would recommend "Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son" by Kay Ann Johnson.