The Golden Child tells the story of Andrew Kwong’s ancestors, a Chinese family dealing with the onslaught of Western culture, particularly Christianity, in 1918. The story is framed by Andrew and his grandmother’s ghost, who tells him about her father, Eng Tieng-Bin, and his three wives. Tieng-Bin has traveled and met Asians who have converted to Christianity. He is impressed by their openness and ambition, as well as their willingness to leave parts of their culture behind. However, his conversion also dictates that he divorce two of his wives. Each of Tieng-Bin’s wives reacts in a different way to the change he brings into the household; for two of the wives, the story ends in death. Tieng-Bin’s favorite daughter, Ahn, is the golden child of the title. He unbinds her feet, saying that he wants to free her to be anything she wants. The play is a fictionalized history of the playwright’s own family.