Mulberry Child
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Seeking a better life for herself and her daughter, Lisa, Jian Ping left China in 1986 to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. She left behind her parents, former senior government officials, but not the memory of their shattered lives. Jian's daughter, Lisa, joined her in Queens, New York when the girl was four-and-a-half. They moved to Chicago, where Jian joined corporate America, eventually becoming the national director of Tsingtao Beer. Lisa's childhood was the reverse of her mother's, growing up as an utterly unencumbered American girl; living in suburban Chicago Lisa earned a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Moving between a present-day mother-daughter clash of values and a personal history of life under Mao's regime, her docudrama is an awkward mix."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"There's a universal story here about immigrant parents and children, and how American culture can swamp family traditions, and make parents and children culturally unrecognizable to one another."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film's subject matter is epochal, its delivery less so."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Sporadically intriguing and poignant, yet meandering and incomplete. It caters more to the heart than to the mind."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"[Its] poignancy is lessened by its awkward formal devices."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"This documentary about a Chinese mother-daughter relationship veers uncertainly from family drama to an overall survey of Communism's rise and devastating human effect."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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