Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2018

First Advisor

James Estrin

Subject Concentration

Documentary

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

This is a documentary on transracial adoption. Transracial adoption is becoming more and more common in America. In 2011, 4 out of 10 adopted children were raised by families of a different race or ethnicity. Daniel and Lisa Conklins have 11 children. After giving birth to 6, the couple adopted another 5 children from 5 different countries. They live in Castile, a farm town in upstate New York. The then 6-year-old Ezra needs to adapt to a totally new environment and embrace his new family. For Elaina who was adopted as a baby, the challenge is to survive in a racially divided society when she knows nothing about being a Cambodian American.

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