Asian • Asian American • Adoption • Family Studies • Women's Studies • Ethnic Studies
2012. Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton.
*Recommended only for audiences 14 and up due to mature emotional content.
88 Minutes - DVD includes 45 Minute Short Version. In English & Mandarin with English Subtitles. Includes Captions.


While many adoption-focused documentaries give voice to adoptive parents, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN explores the emotional and cultural impact of adoption from the point of view of four teenage girls, all adopted from China. This award winning film shares their personal journeys as these adoptees convey the experiences of a generation of young people attempting to reconcile their multiple identities. A recent adoptive parent of her own Chinese baby, filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton opens the film expressing her concerns for her daughter. How will she build a strong sense of identity as she grows older? Will she feel like an “outsider” living in a family with two Caucasian parents?  How will she supplement the missing pieces of her early life? Goldstein Knowlton seeks these answers by chronicling the experiences over two years of Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang, all struggling to find their place in the world. Shedding stereotypes and a one-size-fits-all identity, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN poignantly conveys the vulnerability, confusion, and courage of these girls as they wonder, “Who am I?” As SOMEWHERE BETWEEN plunges the viewer into their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary experiences, we too, are encouraged to pause and consider who we are —both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants and people from diverse backgrounds.



Chinese adoptees navigate their multicultural identities and adolescence


​​Jaclyn Skalnik, MSW Adoption Professional, Tansracial Adoptee

"While this film connects those in the adoption community, it also demonstrates everyone’s needs to feel connected and rooted. ​"


Gina Miranda Samuels, Associate Professor, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

"This is a film I would show to a wide range of learners—adoptive parents, graduate students in social work/education/psychology/law, and current professionals in the adoption field. The documentary provides a rare and balanced look inside a diverse array of experiences among young adults adopted from China transitioning to adulthood while simultaneously navigating the salience of their Chinese heritage alongside their experiences as transracially and transnationally adopted persons.  It is deeply moving and educational; a film that touches the heart and mind."

“It's not just that the participants turn out to be poised, articulate and candid. Their position between cultures — some of them are the only Chinese person in the cities they live in — has made them more than usually thoughtful and self-aware. ... You'd have to be a stone not to be moved.”

Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

“As this strong, moving documentary shows, for those who came to the U.S., reconnecting to their culture and blood relatives can result in a generation of young people who feel ‘somewhere between’ Chinese and American… All have their own stories, but the common narrative in these ‘trans-racial’ kids’ lives is the strength it takes to be who you are and to flourish when identity becomes one more challenge.”

Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"Interesting, heartfelt look at the lives and cultural awakening of Chinese girls adopted into the U.S."

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