Familial Rejection and Acceptance of Disability in the Memory Keeper’s Daughter

By Ya-huei Wang and Lerjia Shiu.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The paper discusses the moral issues of Down syndrome families in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter: whether it is right to send an innocent baby with Down syndrome to an institution, hence giving a tranquil life to Down syndrome families. David’s gloomy childhood makes him think negatively about Down syndrome families. Also, being a doctor, David has been trained to be cold and detached to deal with Down syndrome cases. Even though with his own new-born Down syndrome daughter holding in his hands, he makes a decision to send her away to spare the family. The decision results in the lost of Phoebe and the break of David’s family.

Keywords: Down Syndrome, Disability, Compensation Theory, Postnatal Depression

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.127-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 592.446KB).

Dr. Ya-huei Wang

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Chung-Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Ya-huei Wang is an Associate Professor at Chung-Shan Medical University. She received her master degree in English literature from University of Rochester, U.S.A. and her PhD in education from National Changhwa University of Education, Taiwan. Her research interests include applying effective motivational strategies and learning strategies to English language and literature instruction, extensive reading, and medical humanities. Her papers have been published by Expert Systems with Applications, the British Journal of Educational Technology, the Journal of Management in Education, the Asian EFL Journal Quarterly, the European Journal of Social Science, etc.

Lerjia Shiu

Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Chung-Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Lerjia Shiu is a research assistant of Dr. Ya-huei Wang.

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