"If I'd made this film [Double Happiness] when I was 18, the dad would have been a bad guy. But I've come to understand the difficulty of coming to a new country where your education means nothing, humbling yourself, dealing with racism. He has to deal with that and he has to raise his family with a sure hand. I wanted to show the complexities of the situation rather than pretend I have any answers."
-- Mina Shum
Dafoe, Chris. "Happiness hasn't spoiled Mina Shum; Like the lead character in her critically—and popularly—acclaimed Double Happiness, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker has struggled against the disapproval of her family in the search for success." Interview with Mina Shum. Globe and Mail, October 6, 1994.