A documentary about Chinese adoption by Millersville University’s Dr. Changfu Chang, that was 12 years in the making, is becoming a global sensation.
Chang’s documentary, which includes three versions based on the same story, has been covered by media in dozens of countries and in different languages. The full version, “The Return” first aired on BBC on Dec. 8, 2017. The BBC online version, “Meet me on the Bridge” has over 54 million views and is the second most watched BBC online film ever.
On Jan. 1, 2018, CBS Evening News ran a story about the documentary that included an interview with Chang in Biemesderfer Center on campus.
Major filming for the documentary took place in the United States and China. During the production, Chang worked with a BBC team, a Chinese crew, as well as Millersville University colleagues and students including Maggie McClintock and Cullen Feister.
Introduced in 1979 by the Chinese government to control population, the one-child policy allowed most couples to have only one child or face the possibility of fines, sterilizations and abortions. For decades, hundreds of thousands of families in China were forced to relinquish their over-quota children. Chang documents one couple’s odyssey to reunite with their lost daughter, bringing closure to one of the most watched stories in China and Japan.
“This is the first time that I’ve worked with the BBC. I picked the BBC because of its great reputation for high-quality programs and productions. I’m excited to work on a major BBC project for the global audience,” says Chang.