Emily is a nerd. Intelligent and a little eccentric, she was born into a comfortable middle-class home in Auckland, New Zealand.
James is tall, dark and nerdy, and doesn’t care who knows it. He is a centred person, completely at peace with who he is and what he does.
Dr Chu is a man to be respected. He is a very good medical specialist, a loving husband and a traditional father.
Mrs Chu is the epitome of the traditional Chinese housewife. She gave up a career in nursing when she married Dr Chu and followed him to New Zealand.
Melanie is the perfect Chinese daughter. It’s simply the way she is – she has a sweet, sunny disposition and a can-do attitude that has stood her in good stead when it comes to placating their parents.
As the eldest of the three Chu sisters, Susan has had to bear the burden of being the ground-breaker.
Eric is a comedic, love-to-hate-him ‘frenemy’ of Emily. He is the epitome of the snobby, arty film student.
Tom is Neil’s best friend, also an eternal PhD student at the University’s Computer Science department, and of similar proud nerdish persuasion.
Neil is a proud, let-it-all-hang-out nerd. He is an eternal student, doing a PhD in Computer Science.