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The Grace Lee Project

Grace Lee uses Asian American women and gives them a voice to deconstruct the prejudice and stereotypes brought against them by American society. She gives these women a chance to talk about who they are, what they are like, and who they want to be. She shows that most of these women were perceived in the exact same way and given the exact same traits by the people who knew them. They were supposed to be smart, quiet, well mannered, musical, and were supposed to have a bright, prosperous future in front of them. Grace Lee breaks down these stereotypes by showing Asian American women, named Grace Lee, who were different from this mold, namely herself. By the end of the film she wanted us to leave the film thinking that just because a person has a specific name, or a specific ethnicity, doesn't mean that they are all the same and that they all fit the mold that has been made for them. She wants us to know that it is more important to know yourself and be happy with who you are then to be someone you are not. She let us know that a name is just a name and it doesn't define who you are and who you are going to be.