Quickly I say to my parents, “Every time I hear Ave Maria, it reminds me of The Godfather.” They look at me and continue eating. For light dinner entertainment, I then explain the restaurant scene play by play. I even amateurishly re-enact the death of McCluskey who was eating an Italian meal when shot by Michael Corleone. I pretend to choke on the Chinese bok choy that I was chewing in my mouth while gasping for air as if a bullet just entered the middle of my forehead. For additional dramatic effect, I then slowly tilted my body to my right and slid out of my chair in agony. Dead, shot by a Mafioso.
Shanghai, 21st century
Written by Gina Tang, author of “The Beijing Family” book series. www.thebeijingfamily.blogspot.com