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 8-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, we 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. A co-production of American Documentary/POV and the Diverse Voices Project, presented in association with the Center for Asian American Media, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Wo Ai Ni Mommy will have its broadcast premiere tonight, August 31, on most PBS stations (check local listings).
Visit the Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy website to learn more about international adoption and view an exclusive interview with filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal. And check back tomorrow, Wednesday, September 1, at 2:00 p.m. ET for a live chat with Faith and Donna Sadowsky, Dr. Amanda Baden and filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal.
The film will be available online from September 1 through November 30, 2010.
Wo Ai Ni Mommy is the first of three films about adoption airing on POV in early September. Sign up for the POV Adoption Stories email list to get updates on all the upcoming POV adoption films.