POV: Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy
Airs Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, September 3, 2010
More Chinese or More American?
Faith Sadowsky, a Chinese adoptee, talks about why she doesn't like learning Chinese. Despite the fact that Faith used to be fluent in Chinese, she now find the language hard. Watch now
What is it like to be torn from your Chinese foster family, put on a plane with strangers and wake up in a new country, family and culture? Stephanie Wang-Breal's "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy" is the story of Fang Sui Yong, an eight-year-old orphan, and the Sadowskys, the Long Island Jewish family that travels to China to adopt her. Sui Yong is one of 70,000 Chinese children now being raised in the United States. Through her eyes, the viewers witness her struggle with a new identity as she transforms from a timid child into someone that no one - neither her new family nor she - could have imagined.
The program is accompanied by the StoryCorps animated short "Germans in the Woods." Joseph Robertson was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The stark black-and-white images in this short haunt the viewer - just as Robertson is haunted still by his memories from that battle.
"Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy" is available for online viewing from September 1, 2010 through November 30, 2010.