Xiao Yong, a lawyer, with his wife and son, Bang Bang are members of the rich, high bourgeoisie. They live in a reclusive compound for wealthy families and are neighbours of Gong Li. Xiao Yong works for a prestigious law firm in Houston called Vinson and Elkins. The firm specialises in the purchase of oil for the Chinese government. Bang Bang has a promising future ahead; he plays perfect piano, speaks virtually fluent English, and works non-stop at school. On his only day off Bang Bang plays baseball at a small club his father signed him up for. All activities take place in the compound. The family has a nanny who helps Bang Bang get dressed, washed and fed. Bang Bang spends two hours on his evening homework and attends school on Saturdays.
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