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Somewhere Between

by Louise Adams
Friday Feb 8, 2013
Somewhere Between

The four Chinese-born teenagers in the documentary "Somewhere Between" feel like "a scrambled egg, or a banana: yellow on the outside, white on the inside."

Since China implemented their one-child policy in 1979, 175,000 children - mostly girls, the undesirable gender - live in 26 countries worldwide, with 80,000 in the U.S., in all 50 states.

Ann, 14, lives near Philly, and does Color Guard, "a reject sport, for people that don't fit in." Sometimes she feels uncomfortable because she doesn't look like her white parents. Her dad recalls that as a child, she was unable to relax in warm rooms because her orphanage didn't have heat. She would fall asleep once a drafty window was opened.

Highly-competitive Jenna, 15, is being raised by lesbian moms, attends Phillips Exeter and has academics and sports under control, but still struggles with the memory of her abandonment.

Christian-raised Haley, 13, wants to be the first Chinese performer at the Grand Ole Opry in her Nashville home. Fifteen-year-old Fang's cool Berkeley parents gave her a Chinese name and learned Mandarin so she could retain her original language, which helps on her many homeland trips, and one in particular when she aids the adoption of a girl with cerebral palsy.

All four amazingly brave and candid girls participate in the Global Girls group, and travel to major international cities to share their adoption experiences, which include reconciling their rejections, being given up for simply being born female, and being stuck between two countries and cultures.

Fang remembers being left on a city street at age five, yet still believes "it's a blessing to be able to know your roots."

Included in the DVD set is a bonus disk, "Beyond Somewhere Between," featuring interviews with adult adoptees and adoption professionals.

"Somewhere Between"

Louise Adams is a Chicago freelance writer at www.treefalls.com (and a nom de guerre).


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