A Chinese man travels to America to visit his daughter after her recent divorce. Though his trip starts off as a mission to see his daughter remarry, he sparks to an Iranian woman who, despite their language barrier, captures his heart.
When a secret paramilitary organization of African Americans decides a brother advertising executive is selling out his race on Madison Avenue, they abduct him for "deprogramming." With Ving Rhames, Vanessa Williams.
David C. Johnson
Eriq La Salle,
A study in culture bridging, including ... a new US-born husband, trying to work within the traditional ways, a new China-born wife, eager to join the "dream" of America, two family-minded ... See full summary »
"Passing Fancy" is a film about the devastating effects that emotional and sexual abuse reap on the human mind. In this story the abuse leads to drugs, deception, insanity and eventually ... See full summary »
Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.Written by
Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »
June receives a letter from her half-sisters that is written in traditional Chinese layout: top-to-bottom, right-to-left. In the 1980s, a letter from mainland China would have been written using the Western writing layout. See more »
Jing-Mei 'June' Woo:
The old woman remembered a swan she had bought many years ago in Shanghai for a foolish sum. "This bird", boasted the market vendor, "was once a duck that stretched its neck in hopes of becoming a goose. And now look, it is too beautiful to eat!" Then the woman and the swan sailed across an ocean many thousands of lei wide, stretching their necks toward America. On her journey, she cooed to the swan, "In America, I will have a daughter just like me. But over there, nobody will...
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If you're an Asian-American woman with parental conflicts around culture then prepare to cry at this wonderfully fabulous film. So many cultural issues come up that you never know when you'll be hit with a wave of recognition. There are many laughs here as well. You just don't know when they'll arrive. This is a definite must for anyone struggling to understand how to incorporate their ethnic heritage in the massive American melting pot.
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