Friday August 15th, 1997. Two tiny Korean babies are delivered to two very different Baltimore families.
Every year, on the anniversary of 'Arrival Day' the two families celebrate together, with more and more elaborately competitive parties, as little Susan and Jin-ho take roots and become American.
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