Grace Lee Project Next in Film Series

Photo: Filmmaker Grace LeeThe 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

You can watch a short trail­er for The Grace Lee Project here: