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The Grace Lee Project
A film by Grace Lee
2005, 68 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W06896
When award-winning Korean-American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. As an adult, however, she moved to New York and then California, where everyone she met seemed to know "another Grace Lee." But why did they assume that all Grace Lees were nice, dutiful, piano-playing bookworms? Pursuing the moving target of Asian American female identity, the filmmaker plunges into a clever, highly unscientific investigation of all those Grace Lees who break the mold, including the fiery social activist Grace Lee Boggs, the rebel Grace Lee who tried to burn down her high school, and the Silicon Valley teenager Grace Lee who spends evenings doing homework, playing piano, and painting graphic pictures of death and destruction.

This refreshing film reveals the intriguing contradiction of the “Grace Lee” persona—simultaneously impressive and forgettable, special and generic, an emblem of a subculture and an individual who defies categorization. With wit and charm, THE GRACE LEE PROJECT challenges the cultural investments made in the idea of Grace Lee, all the while sending her a love letter.


Henry Hampton Award, Excellence in Film and Digital Media 2007
YALSA, Award, 2008, Selected DVD for Young Adults
NY Asian American Int'l FF-Emerging Director Award

  • South by Southwest Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
  • High Falls Film Festival
  • Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
  • Go Girls! at Symphony Space
  • Pusan Film Festival
  • Broadcast on Sundance Channel

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    "...RIDICULOUSLY entertaining..."
    Logan Hill

    "A whimsical search for self in a world of maddening sameness..."
    Damon Smith

    Stephen Holden

    “…humorous and… graceful exploration of Asian American women's identity.”
    Kimberly Chun
    SF Bay Guardian

    “A funny and insightful exploration into identity issues we all can recognize.”
    Elizabeth Weitzman
    Daily News

    “Funny and offbeat! Told with humor and insight.”
    Carina Chocano
    LA Times

    Curve Magazine

    “Narrated by the director, the documentary entertainingly combines first-person interviews with some animation and graphics. While the subtext of ethnicity, assimilation and cultural expectations is a serious one, the tone is light and often funny. Recommended.”
    Educational Media Reviews Online

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