What We're Watching - Lulu Wang's "The Farewell"

In April of 2016, Lulu Wang appeared on an episode of “This American Life” and told an incredible true story that occurred two years previously. Her grandmother (or “Nai Nai”) was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and everyone in her extended family was informed- that is, everyone except Nai Nai- a decision that is actually quite common among traditional Chinese families. She was given roughly three months to live and with family spread throughout China, Japan and New York, Wang’s father devised a plan to stage a wedding for her cousin as an extravagant excuse to bring the whole family together to see their Nai Nai one last time.

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