POV follows adoptee from China
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
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? “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. “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” airs on POV Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET2.
Little Sui Yong’s adoption takes place against a background of more and more Americans adopting overseas, especially in China. Since the Chinese opened their doors to foreign adoptions in 1992, some 70,000 Chinese children have been brought to the United States, making China the top choice for international adoptions by Americans. “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” investigates society’s attitude toward these multiracial families and the special challenges transracial adoptees face.