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The Food Network: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

A program of shorts about the centrality of food in Asian life. In Sandi Tan's wicked Gourmet Baby a middle-aged Singaporean bachelor escorts his nymphet niece to gourmet restaurants, only to have her reject him and haute cuisine in favor of burgers. Yung Chang's Earth to Mouth documents the daily life of an old Cantonese woman who immigrated to Ontario to live with her son, a vegetable farmer. The frequent digressions concerning Mexican migrant laborers are distracting, but the old woman's account of her past life and present loneliness is touching. Shawn Chou's enjoyable Tomato & Eggs features veteran actress Lisa Lu as an overly solicitous mother whose cooking is unappreciated by her family. Also on the program: works by Max Chan, David Magliocco, Yuan Zhang, and Alice Wu. 97 min.

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