In the 1970s, China adopted a “one-child policy,” which strongly encouraged (translation: forced) families to limit the number of kids they had in order to help control China’s growing population. Families that failed to abide by the policy faced fines and levees on their incomes. Officially, claim Chinese authorities, the policy resulted in 250 million fewer births, and was touted as a success. But the policy also wreaked havoc on the fabric of Chinese society — families desired boy children over girl children in order to ensure the continuation of family lines. And thousands of girls were given up by their parents and sent to live in orphanages.
In the 1980s and ’90s, Chinese adoption grew more and more popular, and now there are thousands of young Chinese girls living with U.S. families around the country. But just because they’ve been given a new life in a new country doesn’t mean that everything’s been easy for them. The documentary “Somewhere Between” tells the stories of four Chinese adoptees now living in the States, and explores the complex range of feelings (excitement, gratitude, and also resentment) that the girls feel about being different. [Somewhere Between Movie]