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Made in China

In this 2000 Canadian video, Karin Lee interviews a cross section of couples and single mothers who've adopted Chinese babies, documenting their trips to overseas orphanages, their initial period of adjustment, and their attempts to remind the children of their roots. The families tend to be stable and middle class (because China's “baby trade” agencies are extremely expensive and discriminating, only 8,000 infants got to Canada in the past decade), and Lee never addresses the obvious but uncomfortable question of why the parents prize Chinese children over the many black and Native American kids abandoned in Canada. The children, ages 5 through 12, reveal their angst at being different and the pressure they feel to assimilate, but they all seem so well loved that they should thank their lucky stars. 48 min.


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