"Double Happiness visits the familiar 'caught between two cultures' genre that aestheticized migrant tales often rehearse. This film, however, revitalizes expectations of the 'struggle for happiness'—cultural conflict between traditional parents and their modern 'Canadianized' children—and combines it with a coming-of-age tale."
-- Kass Banning
Banning, Kass. "Playing in the Light: Canadianizing Race and Nation." In Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women's Cinema, edited by Kay Armatage, Kass Banning, Brenda Longfellow, and Janine Marchessault. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. (p. 300)