The Chinese believe an unseen red thread joins those in this life who are destined to connect For photographer Richard Bowen, that thread led him to China s state run welfare institutions, where there are thousands of children, primarily girls, growing up without families to take care of them Mei Mei presents a poignant glimpse of just a few of these remarkable children Composed against neutral backgrounds, these portraits capture the girls inner lives, away from their often bleak surroundings The images show an almost endless range of expressions small faces filled with longing and hope, joy and sadness, humor and mischief, defiance and despair Through the camera s eye these young children are no longer orphans, but individuals whose personalities are as vital, distinct, and beautiful as any mother s child When that unique human being comes into focus, the connection is made and the red thread becomes visible And once seen, the bond can never be broken....
|Title||:||Mei Mei Little Sister: Portraits from a Chinese Orphanage|
|Publisher||:||Chronicle Books First Edition edition July 21, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||144 pages|
|File Size||:||981 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Mei Mei Little Sister: Portraits from a Chinese Orphanage Reviews
Darling book! - It was a gift for my sister who adopted a dear girl from China - a wonderful young lady today! She loves the book.
I purchased this book for my wife as we have adopted a baby girl from China. While these photos are from a different orphanage, the impact is the same. We did not get to see all the children at our daughter's orphanage, and they don't allow photos of the kids anyway. I recommend this book for any adoptive parents of children from China, or those looking into it. I will warn you, you will want to go back for more.
This book is great for anyone who enjoys portrait photography OR the plight of Chinese orphan girls. I liked it so much I bought one for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day, and she enjoyed it immensely. It tugs at the heart of any loving parent.
I was disappointed in this book. It is just black and white pictures that I didn't consider very special, except for the cover picture which was very compelling . I'm glad I didn't spend much for this book.
The December 26 review of this book misses the point entirely, and contains some basic inaccuracies. First, the book doesn't purport to be anything other than a collection of photos. The book yields no profit for the photographer or the authors of the foreword and afterword; instead all profits go to Half the Sky Foundation to assist in its mission of enriching the lives of the children who remain in the orphanages. In general, the review is kind of a cynical little hatchet job. The photos are beautiful and evocative; the purpose is noble; the book is worth purchasing.
These brave little faces belong to Chinese girls who were abandoned by their families because they were unable to keep them.
I too am adopt. parent of two little girls from China. I purchased this book and found some of it quite sad, and actually painful to the point where I closed the book for a while. (Some of it was very beautiful.) Little girls orphaned in China IS SAD. These girls are photographed beautifully and with the dignity of their culture, be they--whatever, with deformities, crying, laughing...they do it all, whether they are adopted or not, these are little people. They are survivors (we hope)and show some strength in doing all of these things...Organizations like Half the Sky and Richard Bowen, etc are helping them to gain strength. Older children in these circumstances are usually excited to have their photo taken. I am not a religious person, yet looking at this book, one thinks, there but for the grace of G-d, go I...perhaps one thinks about this more as an adoptive parent. There but for the grace of G-d, goes mine.