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Author Fisher, Honey

Title Mah Jong orphan / produced and directed by Honey Fisher, Fishtales Productions
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1996
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (45 min.)
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 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
Notes Originally released as DVD
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Audience For High School; College; Adult audiences
Notes This edition in English
Bronze Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival, 1995
National Women's Studies Association, 1996
Subject Chinese Canadians -- Ethnic identity
Chinese Canadians -- Cultural assimilation
Mothers and daughters -- Canada.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video