Throwaway Daughter (PDF) BY Ting-xing Ye

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Her adoptive parents she studies Chinese and travels back to China in search of her birth mother She manages to locate the village where she was born but at first no one is willing to help her However Grace never gives up and finally she is reunited with her birth mother discovering through this emotional bond the truth of what happened to her almost twenty years before I enjoyed this book It was an easy read and a very interesting story Grace Parker now a teenager in the story was abandoned as a new born on the steps of a Chinese orphanage She was adopted by a middle class Canadian couple Her adoptive parents do not hide the fact that she was adopted and in fact encourage her to learn about her cultureAs a child and young teenager Grace has absolutely no interest in learning about her origins In fact she resents her parents encouragement to do so She has only feelings of anger and hurt toward her natural mother whom Grace believes did not want herAs might be expected though as Grace gets older she does start to wonder just who she is and where she came from She feels loved by her adoptive family yet being a person of colour knows she just doesn t fit So she decides to

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Throwaway Daughter

Tiananmen massacre on television Horrified she sets out to explore her Chinese ancestry only to discover that she was one of the thousands of infant girls abandoned in China since the introduction of the one child policy strictly enforced by the Communist government But Grace was one of the lucky ones adopted as a baby by a loving Canadian coupleWith the encouragement of The novel Throwaway Daughter by Ting Xing Ye is about a Chinese girl adopted by Canadian parents Grace the main character changes from someone who does not care about her background to someone who wants to find out who she really is The theme of identity is explored through style and character The author Ting Xing Ye does an excellent job of illustrating this theme through the perspectives of different characters The novel begins with Grace talking about how she came to be adopted and then moves to her adopted mother s perspective Later in the novel we also get chapters from other characters points of view Loyal her birth father old revolutionary Chen her grandfather and most importantly Chun mei her birth mother This techniue of showing the characters motivations helps us to understand the charac

Summary Throwaway Daughter

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 StonesThrowaway Daughter tells the dramatic and moving story of Grace Dong mei Parker a typical Canadian teenager until the day she witnesses the Annotation written in March 2014A Canadian family adopts Dong Mei Grace from China in 1981 As a child Grace wants nothing to do with her Chinese heritage despite encouragement from her family because she believes her Chinese parents did not want her Grace s view gradually change after accidentally witnessing the Tiananmen Suare Massacre on television and she visits China after graduating high school to look for her birth family The story is narrated from multiple perspectives including Grace orphanage worker Mrs Xia both of Grace s birth parents and Grace s paternal birth grandfather The different narrators provide the cultural historical and personal background that contributes to Grace s abandonment as well as different perspectives on China s one child policy and the expectations of women


10 thoughts on “Throwaway Daughter

  1. says:

    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 nov

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    Annotation written in March 2014A Canadian family adopts Dong Mei Grace from China in 1981 As a child Grace wants nothing to do with her Chinese heritage despite encouragement from her family because she believes her Chinese parents did not want her Grace’s view gradually change after accidentally witnessing the Tiananmen Suare Massacre on television and she visits China after graduating high school to look for her birth family The story

  3. says:

    Check out my book blog for book reviews and other bookish postsI don’t read many books with adopted MCs so Throwaway Daughter had an intriguin

  4. says:

    This book left me with the feeling that I had a peek into another culture time and place I enjoyed the story immensely especially seeing through the different eyes of the four main characters to feel the drama from all the different angles There is one description of a cultural delicacy that still has me gagging but I l

  5. says:

    The novel Throwaway Daughter by Ting Xing Ye is about a Chinese girl adopted by Canadian parents Grace the main character changes from someone who does not care about her background to someone who wants to find out who she really is The theme of identity is explored through style and character The author Ting Xing Ye does an excellent job o

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this book It was an easy read and a very interesting story Grace Parker now a teenager in the story was abandoned as a new born on the steps of a Chinese orphanage She was adopted by a middle class Canadian couple Her adoptive parents do not hide the fact that she was adopted and in fact encourage her

  8. says:

    Although this novel was a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the White Pine Young Readers' Choice Award it was a powerful dramatic and mesmerizing story At 295 pages I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting in a couple of hours This easily could have been printed as an adult fiction as well Th

  9. says:

    A nice easy read very suitable for young adults I felt Grace's transition into a mature teenager was super abrupt but other than that it was good

  10. says:

    This was published as a young adult novel it could also have been published as an adult novel Since I was teaching at the time I resourced the school librarian She recommended that I read this book because at the time I was working with students in an English as a Second Language class ESL and needed a teaching tool that might be culturally specific to the majority of Mandarin speaking students in the class I liked the theme and plot also t

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