On Their Own
June 24, 2003
"Parachute kids" are Taiwanese children living in the United States while their parents remain in Taiwan on business. A 1990 UCLA study estimated that there were 40,000 "parachute kids" living independently or under the supervision of relatives or friends paid to care for them. This video focuses on the community of parachute kids in San Jose, CA-teenagers with access to large amounts of cash and relatively little adult supervision.