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Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother

Stories of Loss and Love

by Xue Xinran

Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother
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    Mar 2011, 272 pages
    Mar 2012, 272 pages

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The Mothers' Bridge of Love

Xinran founded a charity in 2004 called The Mothers' Bridge of Love (MBL), Mothers' Bridge of Love which aims to build understanding between adopted Chinese children growing up around the world, their adoptive parents and their birth culture. The following letter, abbreviated from the original, written by an adopted girl to her unknown birth-mother, expresses the purpose of MBL better than any mission statement could:


My name is Charlotte but when I went to China, they called me Shasha. I am 18 years old now, and I live in a city near Paris in France. I hope you are fine. I'm sorry but it's hard for me to call you "mother". I know you are the one who gave birth to me but it's not you who brought me up until today. This woman is the one I call my mother. But this doesn't mean I reject you and forgot you. I will never forget you, never. Your blood runs through my veins, and it will run through my children's veins. You are part of me like I was and I am part of you. This is ...

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