Dim Sum

Director: Wayne Wang
Screenwriters: Terrell Seltzer

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Geraldine Tam is a San Francisco graduate student who helps her bachelor Uncle Tam maintain his Chinatown bar. She lives at home with her widowed mother. Geraldine is torn between her desire to be more independent and her obligations to her family. both her brother and sister have families of their own, and she fears her mother being alone.

Her mother, convinced of a fortune teller’s prediction of her imminent demise, is eager to have her daughter marry her boyfriend, a doctor living in Los Angeles. Uncle Tam, the surrogate father, tries in different ways to help the situation, knowing full well the difficulties reconciling American and Chinese ways of life. This intriguing extension of Wayne Wang’s first film, Chan Is Missing, is another unusual and gentle offering for people with a taste for all things Oriental.

Screening Details

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