This is an important scene because Maya got a permission slip to the school dance even thought she knows what her parents are going to say since they always give her the same answer. But for some reason Maya still has hope in herself.
An important scene was when Maya's brother Nurzhan got into a fight with another kid because the kid told Nurzhan that he he will never be an American boy.
Another important event was when Maya lies for her brother so that he wouldn't get in so much trouble. Maya didn't translate everything that the principle said since she changed some of the words that the principle had said.
In this scene Maya's father says that no watching t.v. is not a far punishment so he tells Nurzhan that he will do to bed with no dinner. As for Maya she gets in trouble for not taking good care of her brother and she also misses her gymnastic meet because of the parent meeting with the principle.
When Maya's mother comes home to find Nurzhan and says how good of a boy he is but Maya tells her that he got into a fight at school. Maya's mother tells Maya that she should have done something to stop this. But when Maya's mother tells her that in Kazakhstan if someone has insulted you they have insulted your whole family. Maya tells her that its different here and her mother gets sad.
The last important scene is when Nurzhan tries to talk his mother so that they wouldn't give Maya such a hard time because she just just having fun with her friends. But their parents don't think the same way and they just tell Nurzhan that he knows nothing of these things. Nurzhan was only trying to help Maya in return after she lied for him.