WGBH News and Media Relations


May 21, 2014


Free Public Screening of The Grace Lee Project, Panel Discussion with Asian American Leaders

BOSTON, Mass. (May 21, 2014) – WGBH will celebrate Boston’s vibrant Asian Pacific American community on Thursday, May 22, with a public screening of an excerpt from The Grace Lee Project, a documentary film that examines the moving target of Asian American female identity and challenges cultural categorizations. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 6pm to 8:30pm at WGBH Studios, One Guest Street in Brighton.

Immediately following the screening, Liz Cheng, General Manager of the WORLD Channel, will moderate a lively discussion with a panel of leaders from Boston’s Asian American community. A reception and tours of WGBH studios will precede the presentation.

“Questioning stereotypes is a crucial element to challenging the status quo and advancing social equity,” said Cheng, General Manager of WGBH Television and the national multicast WORLD Channel. “With Asian Pacific Heritage Month upon us, I am delighted that WGBH and WORLD will help to illuminate the issues surrounding the pervasive societal typecasting that many of us face today.”

When award-winning Korean American filmmaker of The Grace Lee Project, Grace Lee, was growing up in Columbia 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 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.

Panel members include:

·       Karen Young, Founder and Artistic Director of The Genki Spark

·       Allistair Mallillin, Executive Director of the Asian American Resource Workshop

The event will take place on May 22 from 6pm to 8:30pm at WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, in Brighton. For more information on the event or to RSVP, please visit http://bitly.com/1mOzN3b.

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