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Asian American ’80s
Directed by Pamela Tom • 1990 • United States
Starring Sala Iwamatsu
Doris Chu (Dian Kobayashi), a recently divorced Chinese American woman, has plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder. For her teenage daughter, Mei (Sala Iwamatsu), her mother’s two eyes equal two lies. When the family journeys to a desert resort during Doris’s recuperation, a series of revelations and bitter confrontations erupt. This beautiful black-and-white drama is a poignant study of generational conflict and the struggle for identity in a world of hybrid cultures.