Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
Joe G.M. Chan's subtly humorous Not a Day Goes By follows the surreal events surrounding a young, aimless Asian man's life just after the death of his mother. A sometime bookstore employee and resident of New York's Chinatown, Wolfgang finds himself wandering aimlessly from conversation to conversation, trying to come to terms with the death of his mother as well as other seemingly non-related life events that have recently occurred to him. The young Asian recalls past conversations and arguments with his domineering and ultra-traditional mother, as well as the particularly painful break-up with his ex-girlfriend -- who abandoned him in favor of a Caucasian man. Both his deceased mother and his ex-girlfriend seem to have had enormous sway over Wolfgang's sense of identity and both of these events force him to reconsider how he will live his life from this day forward. Not a Day Goes By was selected for viewing at the 2002 Asian American International Film Festival.