Eat a bowl of tea

United States, 1989

Film
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Set between 1949-1951, Wayne Wong’s Capra-style comedy centers on an arranged marriage in New York’s Chinatown. The marriage is a romantic and emotional success until it comes under well-intended but intolerable pressures from the Chinese-American community. The film asks how a young couple can cope when there are few role models at hand and they are isolated from their parents. It also shows the drastic effect of the endless pressure from family and friends to bear children. The tone however remains light, and while broaching serious political and social issues, the film uses laughter rather than anger to highlight these. English and Cantonese dialogue with some English subtitles.

Credits

director
co-producer

Wayne Wong

Tom Sternberg

production company

Columbia Pictures

American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Duration

01:40:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1989

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

38929

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Chinese - United States

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Chinese Americans

Comedy

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Chinese Americans

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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