Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage

Silent Tears A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage When her family relocated to rural China in Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world one where boys were considered valuable than girls and poverty and the one child policy had created an epidemic
  • Title: Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
  • Author: Kay Bratt
  • ISBN: 9781438238166
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
    When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered valuable than girls and poverty and the one child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle class mother of two from South Carolina.Based onWhen her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered valuable than girls and poverty and the one child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle class mother of two from South Carolina.Based on Bratt s diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within and around the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love The book offers no easy answers While often painful in its clear sightedness, Silent Tears balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory It is the story of hundreds of children and of one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.
    Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage By Kay Bratt,

    Silent Tears A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage Nov , Silent Tears started out with a woman, somewhere in her thirties, preparing to move to China with her husband a businessman and her elementary school aged daughter A second teenaged daughter came to live with them later in the story Bratt s stories of her work at a nearby Chinese orphanage captured my heart. Silent Tears A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Silent Tears A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Kay Bratt Author . Rating details , ratings reviews When her family relocated to rural China in , Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered valuable than girls and poverty and the one child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. Silent Tears Sep , Silent Tears Silent Tears A young girl takes on responsibiltiy after her father becomes ill. Silent Tears Advocating for Women Children Silent Tears advocates on behalf of women and children by taking a systematic approach to addressing the complex issues associated with child sexual abuse and violence against women Silent Tears provides resources that help frontline organizations as they support victims of these pervasive crimes. Loving the Silent Tears A New MusicalLoving the Loving the Silent Tears is a musical journey of the spirit that traverses the seas and continents in a timeless search for inner peace An unprecedented musical experience, the show combined the magic of theatre, the mystical beauty of traditional dances, the soul stirring realm of poetry and . Silent Tears, Short Sad Poem Family Friend Poems I m crying, but they are silent tears I m crying on the inside so you can t see all the pain running though me I cry for you, I cry for me I cry for the times I can t, so if you listen, you may hear my silent tears.

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  • Kay Bratt

    Kay Bratt is the author of eleven full length novels and two children s books Her writing became her solace and support while she navigated a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult After working her way through the hard years, Kay came out a survivor and a pursuer of peace and finally found the courage to share her stories A wise man once told her to write what you know, which resulted in Kay s pet project and her bestselling series, The Tales of the Scavenger s Daughters Learn about Kay and her writing at kaybratt.From Kay To be notified when new books are released, please sign up for my monthly email newsletter at kaybratt or at this link eepurl q9_2XThe Tales of the Scavenger s Daughters now has four books and a prequel See below for what order to read them The Palest InkThe Scavenger s DaughtersTangled VinesBitter WindsRed Skies

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  • This was another Kindle Unlimited audio I ve really been enjoying my free audios lately I had listened to about half the book before I read some of the reviews I probably should not have read the reviews Up to that point, I was listening with my whole heart to Kay Bratt s experience volunteering in a Chinese orphanage It was written and narrated in a journal type style, and some some of thoughts were scattered, but for the most part it seemed organized Much of what Kay witnessed was heartbreakin [...]


  • This going to be a tough read Because of the excruciating subject matter No Because the author is annoying and unskilled Yes.I m not the PC sort and I laugh in the face of tolerance but this depiction of China and its people says about the writer than it does about the culture of which she writes She hasn t had a nice thing to say about anyone since the plane landed She even seems upset when they speak to her in Chinese at the Chinese fast food restaurant In China She even insists that her blon [...]


  • I gave this a one star.Wish I could give it less.I am only on page 401 of 4655 of this ebook.Why Prepare for my rant I don t like the author At all Some white woman coming to a foreign non white country expecting a silver spoon, expecting everyone to make her feel like she is back in the US Fuck you, lady.Thought it was interesting how she never mentioned having a bad back during the 21hr plane trip, the 2 uncomfortable hotel stays Until we get to the housekeeper She d rather do her cooking and [...]


  • The writing is bad no one can say otherwise In fact, it seems that the author compiled blog posts journal entries without editing them for focus That is the smallest of this books problems, though This book is NOT about orphanages nor about orphans This book is about a self important woman going on and on about herself Granted, it s commendable that she volunteered at an orphanage, but the book reads like, Look at me I m doing volunteer work Aren t I wonderful and selfless Again, this isn t even [...]


  • I was very excited to read this book after reading messages from an unknown Chinese mother because it gave me great closure being adopted from china around the same time some of her comments took place However I was greatly disappointed to read this book and by read I mean struggle to read past the first five chapters without wanting to throw this book out the window and find that it was the whining diarys of a middle class white woman I really hate being such a bum in my review but this was ter [...]


  • A few chapters into this and it officially became a Hate Read Was this author self published I personally know AMAZING authors struggling to get published, yet this horrible dreck seemingly passed off as a BOOK oddly got published What the hell I was hoping to get a sensitive, thoughtful analysis of the situation in Chinese orphanages What I got instead was an author so self absorbed she seemed to have forgotten that she was in CHINA, a Communist country with a population of over a billion peopl [...]


  • I m hesitant to use a pop culture term, but it s what immediately comes to mind this book in deeply rooted in a first world problems perspective Although I enjoyed the sections that focused on the orphanage, the author s ego got in the way of the book as a whole She clearly considers upper middle class American culture to be vastly superior to Chinese culture and makes no effort to hide it, and it takes over the narrative I selected the book as my library pick for August thank goodness I didn t [...]


  • First timers to a Chinese orphanage have the same questions Why do babies share bottles when they are sick Why are the toddlers using the same spoons Why aren t there any toys to play with Why do the ayis refuse to show compassion Kay Bratt had the same questions when she began to volunteer at the orphanage She learned that her role was giving love and compassion to the babies and toddlers The orphanage was bleak and dirty Babies lived in cribs most of the time with fevers, wearing soiled diaper [...]


  • Occasional interesting glimpses of orphanage life are present in this book but difficult to find amidst her proclamations of how only her volunteers show the babies any tenderness, and where would everyone be without her I have seldom been so offended by the point of view from which a book was written I plan to return my copy.I believe this falls in the category of Great White Hope literature.


  • The living conditions are truly abhorrent in at least one Chinese orphanage However, as much good as the author did in volunteering her time, acquiring badly needed supplies for the children, and convincing others to volunteer, I got the following impressions of the author She did not seem to make a single Chinese friend during the years she was there, instead predominantly interacting with those in her expatriate community She repeatedly mentioned her passion with working with children if you h [...]


  • 22 jul 16,1st from bratt for me musta been one of those advertising pages on the kindleyou open the kindle up, turn it on, there it is, something like that looked like a possible, cover, title, so i took a chance change of pace.onward, ever onward 25 jul 16, finished.ummmading this, i wondered why the author never once considered the perceived hostility from the orphanage workers, other than to recognize there was hostility why the author was able to leave china numerous times, vacation in thail [...]


  • This kindle book was on sale and I was interested in the subject so I bought it despite reading reviews that the author is really annoying And YES she is really annoying and unaware of her privileged status An example is that at one point she mentions a Chinese nanny earns four dollars a day Later the author goes shopping and buys some fruit and vegetables and feels it is a great deal at less than two dollars HELLO, do the math Those purchases are almost equivalent to half a nanny s daily wages [...]


  • My husband and I considered adoption from a Korean or Chinese orphanage and had heard a lot about the neglect that was prevalent there I accidentally ran across this memoir by Kay Bratt and learned a lot.Kay followed her husband to China with her young daughter and while her husband worked at setting up a new facility for his work in China, Kay threw herself into working to bring about change in a Chinese orphanage One thing Kay emphasized don t go into a Chinese orphanage going gangbusters and [...]


  • Although I admire Kay for getting up and actually doing something and bringing these horrors to my attention I didnt really like the book and it became a chore to finish The decision to go to China was very hurriedly dealt with and for such a big move they seemed poorly prepared The book starts with promise with a chinese woman abandoning her baby near the orphanage However the rest of the book is a diary format of Kay s time in China and it became boring and repetitive I was uneasy hoping to re [...]


  • Some painful and touching glimpses of a Chinese orphanage from the inside, buried in haystacks of mundane details of a American trying to live like an American in China It s a vanity press book and the names and places have all been obscured, so there is no way of verifying the story in any way, which means it could be pure fiction


  • You open your eyes, and see darkness.Wait, no, it s not exactly darkness It s the moment before the sunrise, soon peering from the windows It will be morning soon.It s cold, very cold They did not turn on the heaters again.You shift uncomfortably on your wooden bed You have bed sores all over, and you feel too stiff to move Besides, you wouldn t really be able to move, as you re fastened to the bed with a clasp.You long to get up, to be held, to feel human warmth You, however, dread the incoming [...]


  • This book was not the kind of book you just relax and read It was a hard read, from the first page on to the end I do a lot of orphan advocacy and I thought I knew a lot about orphanages, but reading it first hand, as someone who was there regularly and allowed in the rooms they normally do not allow people in, oh wow I just have no words of the daily life for these kids Kay worked with the babies especially and would try so hard to ease their life in every way she could The workers in the orpha [...]


  • Our Chinese daughter came from the far western province of Xinjiang where a major culture is Uyghur muslims This book takes place in an orphanage close to Beijing a very different area and dominated by Han Chinese the majority Chinese population We adopted our daughter within the timeframe when this book was written as a special needs child She came to us at the age of 3 1 2 with a repaired cleft lip but a remaining cleft palate By US standards she was significantly malnourished and underweight [...]


  • HeartbreakingThe writing was done well I can t imagine being so involved emotionally day in and day out for those babies and feeling so helpless at times.


  • I wish I can give it less than 1 star.And I wish I had never read this book All this book is about the author s hate to China, and she describe herself as a saint, every Chinese she met is disgusting, and what she need to do is save every life in China Thank you , Chinese people don t need a white woman like you , you can get back to your own civilization.


  • I read and reviewed my own copy of this book for Wicked Reads This book was quite different from anything I have read before It was emotional and enlightening than I was expecting and I m glad I read it.Kay Bratt moves with her husband and daughter to China and there she is thrust into a completely different world with eye opening experiences that will impact her life forever She finds herself trying to adjust to a new culture and decides to do some volunteering to help fill her time She volunt [...]


  • Ugh, I can t explain how irritated I was reading this book One of the most annoying things the author chose to do was to write about happy things or things that she got something out of in the first person singular using I , however, if a child went missing aka died even though for some reason the author likes to put in alot of suspension of disbelief and thinks they went somewhere else other than the orphanage she would talk in third person plural using we It made the book feel disingenuous Als [...]


  • Kay Bratt s account of her years volunteering in a Chinese orphanage, only a decade ago, was both heart breaking and encouraging She clearly shows what an individual can do to make a difference when determined to see a situation through Seeing such need and deprivation was overwhelming at first, and like anyone else would have, she wondered if she could improve the lives of these children and bear to face the heartache on a regular basis When the reader looks back with Ms Bratt after three years [...]


  • In 2003 Kay Bratt was leaving her comfortable life in the United States and heading to rural China for four years as her husband was sent there to head up a team that was opening a new factory Amanda, their youngest daughter would be travelling to China with them but Kay s eldest daughter, Heather, decided to stay in the United States and live with her birth father.Kay s first impression of China was disappointing at best and it took her quite some time to become used to the poverty, the over cr [...]


  • Like a book about an orphanage in China could be anything but incredibly depressing, this book lived up to my expectation of it It began with a tragic story of a mother who was left no option but to abandon a child she was fully bonded to and loved deeply Imagining myself in that mother s shoes made it hard to breathe and I cried through most of the epilogue Whenever a book elicits such a strong physical reaction, one of two things usually happen 1 I fall in love2 I fall in hateOddly, this book [...]


  • After now finishing Wish You Happy Forever by Jenny Bowen, I m changing my 3 star rating of Silent Tears to 1 star, mainly due to my disgust with Kay Bratt If you ve read Silent Tears, please go NOW and read Jenny Bowen s much inspiring account of how she saw a need within China s orphanages and actually reached across cultures to do something about it, instead of simply whining and blaming the Chinese, to finally give up and go home as Kay Bratt did.I understand not all of us certainly not me [...]


  • I feel the need to defend this author I don t think of her as privleged, she is simply an American who experienced extreme culture shock and wrote about her thoughts candidly This is a memoir, so if you purchase the book, you should appreciate that Why censor her thoughts The story would not be genuine In fact, I believe she is an amazing person who overcame numerous obstacles in a country where children weren t given the same opportunities that we grow up with I believe that it is because of he [...]


  • dnf 22%I don t want to read about how you think you re doing SUCH A GOOD voluntary THING, but you re annoyed by dumb stuff how another volunteer dresses , and you constantly get all worked up about cultural nuances I also don t want to read about how you hold yourself to White Savior standards, and judge others for doing what they can in the circumstances YES, even if that means some emotional detachment I don t know If you know me in real life, you know I have a BIG heart for adoption I have a [...]


  • sigh I haven t thought about orphanages for a long time I think that life ebbs and flows and I just haven t been in that place for a few years This book is tough to read, but I found myself finding a redemptive element in the end despite the not so happy ending.Truthfully, based upon my own personal experiences, I ve seen some of what she describes and not just in Chinese orphanages I think that this is a global issue It is a difficult thing to think about when we have to consider the value of h [...]


  • The author is an American expat living in a small town in China She starts volunteering at an orphanage with awful conditions, and tries to bring some humanity to the lives of the poor children who are stuck there Some of her descriptions are horrific and really made me wonder about the Chinese people people who would abandon a girl child for no other reason than her gender, or abandon a child with a disability because of the shame it caused An interesting if repetitive book The woman seems rath [...]


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