‘Buying Babies’ from Kazakhstan

Would you give tens of thousands of dollars to adopt a baby?  Many Canadians do, in the murky, unregulated world of international adoption.  Meet a single, 28 year old Winnipegger who spends $41,000 in fees and expenses to journey to Kazakhstan in a heart-breaking attempt to become an adoptive mother.  The public outcry from this story prompted the Canada’s immigration and foreign affairs departments to conduct a review of all international adoptions with Kazakhstan.

Return to Shanghai | CBC The National

What does it take to become world class? Chinese-Canadian virtuoso violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou takes us on a journey back to Shanghai, China, to where her talented musical father once played for Chairman Mao.

But when politics and persecution in the 1960s crushed her dad’s dream to become one of the world’s best, the family moved to Canada, where he intensively trained little Susanne, from age four, to become an international violinist star.  What follows is a beautiful story about family perseverance, and love of music, against all obstacles.

This 16-minute documentary aired on CBC’s The National in 2007, and won an honourable mention from the Columbus International Film & Video Festival.

Mychaylo Prystupa | CBC The National | Return to Shanghai