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synopsis_NN
:_:
in_IN
this_DT
cultural_JJ
exploration_NN
,_,
a_DT
chinese_JJ
american_JJ
computer_NN
engineer_NN
named_VBN
fang_NP
(_(
peter_NP
wang_???
)_(
decides_VBZ
to_TO
take_VB
a_DT
month-long_JJ
vacation_NN
to_IN
visit_NN
his_PP$
sister_NN
mrs_NN
._.
chao_???
(_(
shen_FW
guanglan_NP
)_)
,_,
her_PP$
husband_NN
mr_NN
._.
chao_???
(_(
hy_???
xiaoguang_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
their_PP$
teenage_JJ
daughter_NN
lili_???
(_(
li_NP
qinqin_???
)_(
in_CD
beijing_NP
after_IN
30_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
separation_NN
._.
fang_NP
brings_VBZ
his_PP$
asian_JJ
american_JJ
wife_NN
grace_NN
(_(
sharon_NP
iwai_???
)_(
and_CC
his_PP$
college-aged_JJ
son_NN
paul_NP
(_(
kelvin_NP
han_NP
yee_???
)_(
along_IN
,_,
both_RB
of_IN
whom_WP
don't_DO
speak_VB
chinese_JJ
._.
the_DT
encounter_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
families_NNS
allows_VBZ
the_DT
audience_NN
to_IN
compare_VB
the_DT
eastern_JJ
and_CC
western_JJ
cultures_NNS
as_IN
well_RB
as_CS
the_DT
ambitions_NNS
of_IN
individual_JJ
characters_NNS
._.
opinion_NN
:_:
sometimes_RB
a_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
plot_NN
driven_VBN
._.
sometimes_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
character_NN
sketch_NN
._.
a_DT
great_JJ
wall_NN
(_(
1986_CD
)_)
can_MD
be_BE
called_VBN
a_DT
culture_NN
sketch_NN
,_,
as_CS
opposed_VBN
to_IN
a_DT
character_NN
sketch_NN
because_CS
it_PP
gently_RB
compares_VBZ
a_DT
chinese_JJ
american_JJ
family_NN
to_IN
a_DT
beijing_NP
family_NN
._.
fang_NP
's_POS
family_NN
is_BEZ
thoroughly_RB
americanized_JJ
._.
fang_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
upper_JJ
middle_NN
class_NN
professional_JJ
who_NP
enjoys_VBZ
jogging_NN
and_CC
argues_VBZ
with_IN
his_PP$
boss_NN
._.
his_PP$
wife_NN
can't_MD
cook_VB
chinese_JJ
._.
his_PP$
son_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
white_JJ
girlfriend_NN
and_CC
complains_VBZ
of_IN
racism_NN
when_CS
fang_NP
encourages_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
befriend_VB
an_DT
asian_JJ
girl_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
fang_NP
's_POS
beijing_NP
sister_NN
advocates_NNS
absolute_JJ
loyalty_NN
to_IN
the_DT
'work_NN
unit_NN
._.
'_"
her_PP
husband_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
retired_JJ
official_JJ
who_NP
has_HVZ
heard_VBN
rumors_NNS
of_IN
american_JJ
depravity_NN
(_(
homosexuals_NNS
running_JJ
the_DT
streets_NNS
)_)
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
daughter_NN
lili_???
longs_VBZ
for_IN
american_JJ
freedoms_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
youth_NN
culture_NN
where_CS
studying_VBG
for_IN
college_NN
entrance_NN
exams_NNS
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
thing_NN
in_IN
life_NN
._.
the_DT
two_CD
families_NNS
spend_VB
a_DT
month_NN
slowly_RB
learning_NN
about_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
ultimate_JJ
'answer_NN
'_"
or_CC
final_JJ
comprehensive_JJ
understanding_NN
after_IN
the_DT
month-long_JJ
vacation_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
neither_RB
here_RB
nor_CC
there_RB
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
neutral_JJ
,_,
meandering_VBG
,_,
gentle_JJ
,_,
portrait_NN
of_IN
life_NN
on_IN
both_PDT
sides_NNS
._.