[ book ] China Baby Love

July 28, 2017

China Baby Love

Jane Hutcheon

Rating: 4 / 5


From regional Queensland to a once rural town in China, the extraordinary story of Linda Shum has been penned by former ABC foreign correspondent Jane Hutcheon.


After learning about the suffering of China’s throw-away kids, retired schoolteacher Linda instantly felt a maternal responsibility. In 1998, she embarked on her first trip abroad, to witness China’s unwanted children—underfed, unloved and some unequivocally near death.


Almost two decades later, the Australian grandmother has changed the lives of Jiaozuo orphans and welfare workers under self-founded organisation COAT (Chinese Orphan Assistance Team).


Linda’s journey unearths raw accounts and honest observations, exploring the painful ripple effects of China’s one-child policy. Hutcheon reveals Linda’s unwavering Christian faith, resilience and compassion that sees her devoted to every day, every child happiness.


In an accessible and inspiring read, Linda demonstrates with, one shovel at a time, there is the ability to move mountains.



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