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Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi became the first woman to direct a Pixar short with Bao, a story playfully exploring the emotional journey of a Chinese immigrant mother whose son has grown up and moved out. Bao features an adorable animated dumpling which Shi likens to a ‘Chinese twist on the Gingerbread Man’, and is a heartening representation of familial dynamics and the power of food to bring loved ones together.
Bao has been showing in theaters as a feature preceding Incredibles 2 since June 15, generating a wide range of reactions including joy, amusement, and confusion as well as teary-eyed recognition, perhaps especially with those who grew up with protective immigrant parents.
Those interested in making their own bao à la Domee Shi’s mom will be pleased to know that Food & Wine has her very recipe here.