Synopsis by Mark Deming
There are few better ways to bring tension to a family than to pack all of them into a motor vehicle for a few weeks. Grandmother Le (Tsai Chin) decides it's time to pay her family an overdue visit, so she flies from China to California to spend some time with her daughter, Ming-Na (Deborah Nishimura). However, once Grandmother arrives, she discovers that Ming-Na has planned a road trip through California's scenic country. Ming-Na's bossiness isn't making anyone happy, and cramming the entire family into an RV -- including her sister Ming-Yee (Kim Miyori), her brother-in-law (Dennis Dun), and her daughter Melissa (Sasha Hsuczyk) -- isn't helping. In time, however, everyone learns why Grandmother has decided to return home, and they are forced to set aside their petty differences. My American Vacation was the debut feature for writer/director V.V. Dachin Hsu.