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The Confusing Lives of Chinese-American 'Satellite Babies'

Jul 20, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Jenny Schweitzer

Childcare in New York City is extremely expensive, so many Chinese families will have their children in America and immediately send them back to be cared for by relatives. Then, when they reach the age of five or six, the children return to the U.S. to be enrolled in school. In her film, Satellite Baby, Jenny Schweitzer sheds light on the trauma that these children experience after being shuttled between two worlds. More often than not, they feel like they don’t belong anywhere.

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