Tom Xia has spent his life in between Chinese and American cultures, constantly negotiating between his home life and everything else in the California suburbs where he's grown up since emigrating from mainland China at age 8. With deep ties to his extended family back home and increasing pride in China's huge steps forward in the new millennium, Tom is incensed by how China is so misunderstood, particularly in American media.
Tom's neighbors — the Joneses — are a struggling young family trying to keep their children safe when a series of Chinese toy recalls forces them to have their son tested for lead poisoning. Devising a plan to put American fears of China in context, Tom challenges his neighbors to go through the Christmas season without any Chinese products.
Taking on the mission, the Joneses discover that they're giving up not just their toys, plates, lamps and clothes, but the beloved hair dryer, coffee maker, X-Box and most of their Christmas decorations. Meanwhile down the street, Tom's parents are finishing construction on their new home, using Chinese materials to proudly build their American dream.
800 Aurora St.
$10 general admission; free for 14 Pews members.
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