The film "Ricki's Promise," is the story of an 18-year-old Asian woman, born in China but raised in the U.S., who embarks upon an emotional journey as she navigates the conflicting worlds of two cultures. A documentary written, directed and produced by Changfu Chang, the film follows the journey of Ricki's return to China to live with her long-lost birth parents during a summer vacation. Discussion with the director follows the screening.
Chang is a professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Chang’s research interests focus on communication, culture and technology, and their relationship to modernity and globalization. He is an awarding-winning documentary filmmaker, especially on the topic of international adoption.
According to a statistical report by the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, since 1999 families in the United States have adopted 249,694 international children, 2,893 of whom are living in Iowa. Among those children, about 28.7% were adopted from China, 18.5% from Russia, 11.9% from Guatemala, 7.8% from South Korea, 5.6% from Ethiopia, 3.9% from Ukraine, 2.1% from India, more than 5.5% from other Asian countries and the rest from other locations.
The event is sponsored by the Reaching for Higher Ground series; the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; the Center for Multicultural Education; the Diversity Council; the Departments of Communication Studies and Social Work; the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Dean of Students.