A 3 generation story in which a Taiwanese son gives up his lover so he can come to America so he can care for his mother, works so hard he loses his wife & alienates his daughter.
A Pakistani-American son keeps resists his Muslim parents’ bride candidate, he meets & falls in love with an American woman during one of his comedy gigs. They break up over his not telling his parents about her, & then she falls ill and is hospitalized.
An Indian family in America gives their son the name Smith, who struggles against his father’s insistence they live by Indian customs rather than American.
Carol wants to live with store clerk Therese, but it is the 1950s, & both her husband, who threatens to take away their daughter, & society oppose it.
During NYC’s most violent year Abel fights unknown competitors stealing his firm’s oil + the DA’s office while he tries to close a deal to enlarge his firm.
Immigant Ewa obstacles when she & her sister come to Ellis Island. Bruno becomes benefactor & oppressor as she works for his revue. Her freedom comes hard.