Academic journal article Asian American Policy Review. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Director Grace Lee's exploration of identity and ethnicity in her humorous yet incisive film The Grace Lee Project adroitly highlights the atomistic identities of the Grace Lees that the director encounters in her journey. At its core, the film epitomizes the question, "What's in a name? The bliss of being the only Grace Lee around was short-lived for the director when she emerged from her childhood in Colombia, Missouri, and moved to New York and subsequently California and discovered her name was not unique.
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For most of her remarkable one hundred years, Grace Lee Boggs saw herself as a revolutionary, and her adopted home town of Detroit as the Midwestern front of that revolution. Brilliant and bookish, Grace enrolled at Barnard when she was sixteen, and earned a doctorate in philosophy in at Bryn Mawr, steeping herself in the work of Kant and Hegel, and writing a dissertation on the influential pragmatist George Herbert Mead. But for all of her talent, Grace found that no university at the time would hire a Chinese-American woman to teach ethics or political thought. Like many intellectuals who came of age during the Great Depression, enraged at the injustices of the economy and fired up by the mass movements that rose to challenge it, Grace gravitated toward socialism.
Grace Lee as Asian America: A Film Review of the Grace Lee Project (2005) Directed by Grace Lee
Is it the Year of the Dragon? Do you know karate? Is everything made in China now? Can you guys take care of North Korea for us? How do you say in Chinese, "this is my world?
The Grace Lee Project resembles Alan Berliner's documentary The Sweetest Sound , in that both consider whether there's something special about a specific name. For The Sweetest Sound , Berliner called up as many "Alan Berliner"s as he could locate, in hopes of finding what they all had in common, but he also freely wandered off-topic, philosophizing about how and why we respond to our own names. The Grace Lee Project is far less ambitious. Director Grace Lee interviews a handful of people who share her name, and questions whether the stereotypes people have about women named "Grace Lee"—that they're all pleasant, petite, and studious—really holds true.