ARITHMETIC LESSON is a 15 minutes dramatic film that illustrates the courage of  the human spirit for survival through the eyes of a seven-year-old Chinese American girl GRACIE.  Gracie’s mother, MEI, is comatose in the hospital.  Gracie’s father, YONG, hires an au pair from Taiwan, AH SAN, to take care of Gracie.  Ah San provides the daily care for Gracie, which includes overseeing Gracie as she does her homework and taking care of all domestic chores.   Unknown to Yong Ah San become impatient with the care -taking of Gracie and becomes abusive to the young child.   Throughout many events in the course of the film, Gracie finds the courage to tell her father that Ah San has hurt her physically which results in the eviction of Ah San.  Gracie learns to comfort herself instead of constantly seeking comforts from the emotionally unavailable adults around her.

This film illustrates the story of Gracie, a seven-year-old Chinese American girl, who finds the courage to defy and survive the traumatic abuse of her au pair while her mother lies comatose.


Chicago International Film Festival

River’s Edge International Film Festival

Urban Suburban Film Festival, Philadelphia

Newport Beach Film Festival

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival


Los Anglos Women’s Film Festival

The Stepping Stone International Film Festival

Flatland Film Festival, Lubbock, Texas

Gold Lion Film Festival, Swaziland, Africa

Le Femme Film Festival, LA California

Palm Spring International Short Film Festival

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Griffon International Film Festival 

The Indie Fest - Award o Excellence

New Beijing International Film Festival

Las Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Asian American International Film Festival, New York

Asian American Showcase Chicago

M.A.L.I. Women’s Film & Performance Arts Festival


Winner of Shortcuts Competition - Illinois Film Office

Winner of Best Drama - Griffon International Film Festival

Best Supporting Actress - Stepping Stone Film Festival

Winner 7th Annual Indie Producer - Dramatic Short Film

Award of Excellence (Short Film) - Indie Fest