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Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran
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May 28, 11

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Xinran is a Chinese journalist who has written about Chinese women and hosted a radio show for several years.She has spoken our bravely about forcibly separated family members. Xinran’s meaningful work gives voice to a very large, mostly ignored population: adopted Chinese girls and the mothers who gave them away. She compassionately addresses the unimaginable pain of millions of women who have been pressured to kill or give away their infant daughters. Her interview with a former midwife is chilling as she explains to Xinran the “methods” of disposing of unwanted girls. We meet others. Waiter, so named because she has decided to “wait” eternally for the daughter she knows she may never see again. The “pebble woman,” who frequently visits the river bank where her 6-month old was kidnapped. Xinran has also written this book for very personal reasons: she, too, was separated from her mother as an infant and raised by her grandmother. This is not an easy book to read, although I think it deserves a wide audience. People can ask themselves what social and moral toll this system, which has treated its public like unfeeling automatons, has taken on China’s citizens? (Shira S., Reader’s Services)
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