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As with Crazy Rich AsiansThe Farewell’s performance in China has been a subject of interest because it betrays a widely-held assumption in the industry—that a film which features Chinese dialogue and/or is set in China ought to enjoy some amount of home-turf advantage.

Whether it’s a feel-good rom-com or arthouse indie flick, films that feature immigrant narratives in fact have a uniquely hard time winning the approval of audiences from countries where the immigrants are from.