Digging to America
Digging to America By
Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport, each anticipationg the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. Brad and Bitsy Donaldson, all-American suburbanites, and their gift-laden clan resmble a gigantic baby shower with their flotilla of silvery balloons and pink ribbons. Iranian-born matriach Maryam Yazdan stands unobtrusively in the back of the waiting area with her fully assimilated son, Sami, and his attractive Iranian American wife, Ziba. When Bitsy invites the Yazdans to an "arrival party" at the Donaldson home, an improbable friendship begins, and the occasion evolves into an annual tradition. Over the years, as the parents, children, and grandparents become more deeply entwined, cultures clash, values are challenged, and the American way is seen from the beguiling perspectives of both those who are born here and those who are struggling to fit in.