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Mah Jong orphan

Author: Honey Fisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1996.
Series: Filmakers Library online.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Reminiscent of Amy Tan s Joy Luck Club, this real life film focuses on the widening chasm between a Chinese mother, Suzan, a first generation immigrant, and her daughter Lilly, eager to assimilate. The mother and her friends are all avid mah jong players, which serves to connect them to their old country. Lilly, like most children of immigrants, wants to fit in with her Caucasian friends and rejects her mother's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary
Streaming videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Honey Fisher
OCLC Number: 747799272
Language Note: English.
Awards: Bronze Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival, 1995
National Women's Studies Association, 1996
Target Audience: For High School; College; Adult audiences.
Description: 1 online resource (45 min.)
Series Title: Filmakers Library online.
Responsibility: produced and directed by Honey Fisher, Fishtales Productions.

Abstract:

Reminiscent of Amy Tan s Joy Luck Club, this real life film focuses on the widening chasm between a Chinese mother, Suzan, a first generation immigrant, and her daughter Lilly, eager to assimilate. The mother and her friends are all avid mah jong players, which serves to connect them to their old country. Lilly, like most children of immigrants, wants to fit in with her Caucasian friends and rejects her mother's values. Their conflicts are both generational and cultural. In this fresh and spontaneous film, the audience has the rare privilege of simultaneously sharing in the women's poignant and sometimes humorous discoveries about themselves and each other. Suzan talks of her disappointment at Lilly's choice of a non-Chinese husband. Lilly, to her own surprise discovers a deep need to pass on her cultural heritage to her son. Having a grandchild heals the rift between the generations. The universality of the issues and the difficulties seen in this mother/daughter relationship transcend any particular race, culture or class and strike a collective nod of recognition among us all.

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