Why ‘The Farewell’ Director Lulu Wang Made Awkwafina Her Lead

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Why ‘The Farewell’ Director Lulu Wang Made Awkwafina Her Lead
One of “The Farewell’s” most emotionally poignant scenes revolves around food. Billi (played by Awkwafina) and members of her extended family take turns plucking off morsels from shared family-style platters while debating the merits of growing up in the United States versus China.

Billi’s father (Tzi Ma) recalls one story from Billi’s childhood in the U.S.: after the family immigrated there, a stranger gave them the key to a church so she could practice on its piano, as they did not yet have one of their own.

“That,” Billi’s father says in Mandarin, “is America.”

It’s one of the many anecdotes drawn from writer/director Lulu Wang’s own life, as is the entire premise of the movie. Just as it happens in the film, Wang’s family didn’t tell her aging grandmother that she had stage-iv lung cancer and, instead, staged
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