Motivated by her mother’s fear of long-term health consequences, Jijing Tang, a Chinese-American woman, alleviates her mother’s fear by practicing the ancient tradition of one month confinement after giving birth to her second child. She is confined to her home in the suburb of Queens, New York and must navigate the tradition’s outdated taboos and limited food options. While she is encouraged to relax and recuperate, but the rules within the tradition are restrictive. A MONTH OF SITTING IN gives a visual insight to an ancient tradition unheard of outside the Asian community.


  • Joann Huang: Director
  • Joann Huang: Producer
  • Susan Mei: Producer


  • Project Type: Documentary, Student, Short
  • Genres: Family drama
  • Runtime: 8 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date: June 14, 2020
  • Production Budget: 1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: Chinese
  • Shooting Format: Digital Canon
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color
  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes
  • Student Project: Yes