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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 E.S.L 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 the fact that the author herself was from C 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 E.S.L 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 the fact that the author herself was from China, the fact that she is married and collaborated with one of Canada s well know young adult authors, William Bell, of whom I had used two of Bell s novels, Stones , and Forbidden City , understanding the culture at the time, she gave the main character, Grace Dong mei Parker, a real person feel The two narrative approach, the mother and the adopted child, gave it a two pronged approach to the two cultures her adopted home Canadian VS her natural home China.The story was not a page turner I wasn t looking for a thrill ride, but rather something that would generate some discussion This book generated lots of discussion, in English , about what happens in China then and now Nothing generates discussion with teenagers than controversy, it doesn t matter what culture it is, especially if they can relate and have an opinion on the subject if you find yourself teaching E.S.L and the majority of your student speak Mandarin, a good teaching tool for generating discussion is William Bell s Forbidden City As an aside, there were parts of Throwaway Daughter , i.e language and hidden inferences, to be difficult for even the senior level E.S.L students The purpose of the book is to teach English, using language they are going to confront in later grades as well as university The readings, in many situations, were long and arduous, but in the end it did what it was suppose to do.I enjoyed reading the book and found it to be enlightening as to how parents in China, who have a second child, deal with the dilemma I had no difficulty completing this novel and really did enjoy the writing style The narrative flowed and allowed you be involved in the life of the family, the mother and daughter It took you along on the journey with both of them, not getting overly complicated in the rhetoric 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 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 technique of showing the characters motivations helps us to understand the characters better, and makes ussympathetic to them For example, in the beginning of the novel, we assume that Chun mei abandoned her daughter however, as we read on, we realize that she actually cared One year after giving her daughter to the adoption agency, she returns and tries to reclaim her daughter Another strong element of the novel is characterization The characters all seemed very real and human For example, Grace, because she is adopted, feels abandoned by her birth parents and she says, I didn t know my date of birth Yangzhou was the city where the orphanage was situated, but my actual place of birth was a big mystery as the date Ye 37 38 She also feels different because she is the Chinese daughter of a white family As a result, she felt that she did not belong This is very true for a lot of adopted children who feel that they do not really know who they are Grace s Canadian parents are portrayed sympathetically They treat her exactly in the same way as their birth daughter, and they try to help her in every way possible including going to China to find her birth parents Grace s birth mother is also portrayed sympathetically We see how upset she was when she has to give her daughter, even leaving a small tag with her daughter in the hope that one day they would be reunited Finally, the author does a good job of examining the issue of identity This novel is about Grace gradually finding out who she really is and what her background is The writer shows us that Grace is not interested at first, but when she sees the television program about Tienanmien Square, Grace starts to think about where she came from At this point, she talks to her mother about going to China The writer shows how Grace changes from somebody who does not care at first to somebody who wants to find out Although, the different perspectives in the novel give us a strong sense of what the characters are like, occasionally the different perspectives make the novel confusing For example, during Grace s conversation with her birth father and his second wife, the chapter ends with Grace asking, You mean she s dead Ye 218 and getting the response, It s too late Ye 218 This chapter then ends suddenly, and we are left wondering what happened to Chun mei, but we do not find out because the novel then moves to the perspective of Old Revolutionary Chen At this point, it would have been better for the author to complete the story of what happened to Chun mei There are other sections of the novel where the author could have written it differently Throwaway Daughter, is a novel for young adults and older The style is too complex for somebody who is younger For example, children might find it confusing as the story switches from one perspective to another, as it will be hard to understand what is going on As well, the language level is too complex for youngsters, and issuited to an older audience Also, the theme of identity is really important for young adults who at this point in their lives choose courses and their future paths Also, many of us do not know as much as we would like about our background Since family will not always be there with us, it is essential to find information as soon as possible This is a novel that will appeal to both male and female readers because it is the story of an adopted child that everyone can relate to This novel can help us to understand what it is like to be adopted For children who have been adopted, the novel will feel real This novel, will appeal to people who are interested in history because it is about a very important time in Chinese history when the government had the one child policy In the old days, girl babies were put away because of poverty, shame or some other reason Ye 265 Since it was a one baby policy, usually the girls were abandoned in the hopes of having a male child Throwaway Daughter is an excellent novel about two very important issues the fate of all those Chinese baby girls who were given up by their family, and the universal issue of identity which is important to everyone Ting Xing Ye creates a very believable and sympathetic character in Grace, and it is through her journey of discovery that we learn so much about that period in Chinese history, and about the need to know who we are @DOWNLOAD KINDLE ⛎ Throwaway Daughter ë 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 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 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 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 loved seeing both the beauty and heartbreak of China through the author s eyes There is some swearing in the story, and vivid descriptions of child abandonment, so not appro 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 loved seeing both the beauty and heartbreak of China through the author s eyes There is some swearing in the story, and vivid descriptions of child abandonment, so not appropriate for younger readers 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 culture.As 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 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 culture.As 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 her.As 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 go to business school in China and, hopefully, find and confront her mother.The interesting thing about this story, is that it is told from the perspective of several narrators including Grace herself, Grace s adoptive mother who, as also might be expected, despite encouraging her daughter to learn of her roots, feels threatened when Grace decides to do so Grace s birth mother Chun Mei , Mrs Xia the woman who risked falsifying documents passing on information to protect the baby girl , Grace s half brother in China, her father and paternal grandfather All of them provide some cultural perspective on how, in China, baby girls could be less valued than sons and abandoned or even killed by their families 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. 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 The writing reminds me of novels by Gail Tsukiyama and Lisa See.The author, Ting Xing Ye, was born in Shanghai, China in 1952 and was an interpreter for the Chinese government She lef 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 The writing reminds me of novels by Gail Tsukiyama and Lisa See.The author, Ting Xing Ye, was born in Shanghai, China in 1952 and was an interpreter for the Chinese government She left China in 1987 to come to Canada and now lives in Orillia, Ontario.From back cover As far as I was concernedmy Chinese roots could rot in hell.Abandoned on the steps of a Chinese orphanage and adopted by a Canadian family, Grace Parker is haunted by the cold fact that she was unwanted, and she spurns her Chinese heritage until the day she witnesses, on television, the massacre of student protestors in Beijing s Tinanmen Square.Thus begins Grace s personal journey, a quest that takes her to China in search of her birth parents, and leads to a discovery that will change her life forever.Dramatic and moving, THROWAWAY DAUGHTER tells the story of what it means to find yourself alone even as you know you are loved 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. Annotation written in March 2014.A 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 Square Massacre on television, and she visits China after graduating high school to look for her birth family The story is narrated from multiple perspectives, includi Annotation written in March 2014.A 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 Square 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 Check out my book blog forbook reviews and other bookish posts I don t read many books with adopted MCs, so Throwaway Daughter had an intriguing premise I read this book for Asian Lit Bingo The MC is Chinese Canadian and goes on a journey to find outabout her birth family and her country of origin.It s ownvoices.The story is told from various different perspectives, however the bulk of the story is told through Grace I thought this was a very efficient way of writing the story Check out my book blog forbook reviews and other bookish posts I don t read many books with adopted MCs, so Throwaway Daughter had an intriguing premise I read this book for Asian Lit Bingo The MC is Chinese Canadian and goes on a journey to find outabout her birth family and her country of origin.It s ownvoices.The story is told from various different perspectives, however the bulk of the story is told through Grace I thought this was a very efficient way of writing the story as we get to understand how the different people decided to act the way they did, how tradition and culture influenced their decisions, and how their actions impacted Grace s life It also allowed for the reader to truly get their opinion on subjects and not Grace s opinion on what the person might think This led to a well rounded story, where all the questions that had cropped up during my reading were answered by the end of the book.It s not a very action based novel but rather character focussed, which absolutely fits to the blurb so I wasn t disappointed It focusses both on her external journey towards finding her family as well as her internal journey of finding out who she herself really is It s a book that places a great emphasis on self discovery How the internal and external journeys influenced each other, was very interesting to read about.My favourite quote because it made me laugh out loud wasSo the emperor s relatives as my father called them ended up sleeping on the new bedThere was one sex worker shaming phrase, which wasn t called out.Throwaway Daughter was beautiful and heart wrenching I m very happy that I read this book It s very sad but also uplifting.Trigger warnings presumed death of infant, shooting of protestors, attempted suicide, ableism