Desperate for chic butterfly hair clips, Fen Liang betrays her embarrassing younger sister Ann on their first day at church, fueling an unprecedented outburst since their immigration.
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1997. Los Angeles. 9 years old. Fresh off boat. Single mom. Clingy sister. Sunday. A month after immigration.
LIANG FEN, an anxious 9-year old immigrant girl navigates her first Sunday at a Chinese-American church alongside her worrisome mom, LILY, and clingy 7-year old sister, ANN. Fen’s hope of making new friends is soon lost upon the embarrassing discovery of hair lice in her sister’s hair. Turning her frustration towards the young Ann, Fen brings the family’s underlying tension to a boiling point.