Based on a personal essay by Chang-rae Lee published in The New Yorker, Coming Home Again is an intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations. Chang-rae, a first-generation Korean American, has returned to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother. He wants only to fulfill his role as the supportive son, but must also come to terms with his conflicted emotions towards his mother. Chang-rae attempts to prepare a traditional Korean dinner. The one she always cooked for the family. The care and precision that goes into preparing this meal gives him time to reflect on the intense relationship between them.