The Center for Korea Studies spring film series–The Korean Diaspora–continues on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, with a light-hearted offering titled The Grace Lee Project (2005). Filmmaker Grace Lee – the one from Columbia, Missouri, by the way – set out to explore what it means to be an Asian woman in America by finding others named Grace Lee, which she describes as the quintessential Asian American woman’s name, “an unmemorable, conservative hyper-achiever, confirming already existing stereotypes of Asian Americans.”
Her quest turned up a collection of complex and diverse experiences, a mélange of Grace Lees ranging from “good girls” who listened to their parents and violin prodigies to 16-year-old Harvard freshmen and devout Christians. Though each Grace Lee turned out to be unique, she found them also connected by some common interests.
Center for Korean Studies film presentations are free and open to all. Screenings are held in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai’i Manoa campus and begin at 6:30 p.m.
Paid parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center. For further information, telephone the Center office at (808) 956‑7041. For more information about the spring 2013 film series, see http://bit.ly/VpdZ38.
You can watch a short trailer for The Grace Lee Project here: