In her hilarious and insightful documentary "The Grace Lee Project," filmmaker Lee went on a quest to connect with some of the tens of thousands of other women who share her moniker -- prompting Jeff Yang to muse on the nature of naming and identity and to seek out some of his own namesakes as well. Names have power. Because they're dropped on us at birth, when we have the approximate size and personality of a Perdue Oven Stuffer roaster, they aren't descriptive -- they're deterministic. More often than not, what you call a kid shapes what the kid will become -- although not in ways you can necessarily predict: Hang a flag like "Angel" on your offspring and it's a toss-up whether you'll get a saint or a succubus. For Asian Americans in particular, names are a reservoir of angst. First, there's the issue of playground xenophobia.
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New York magazine called the film one of the two best entries in the "New York, New York" competition that year. Though she has achieved financial success and stability as a mergers and acquisitions associate, Grace still yearns for social acceptance among the Upper East Side elite. When she is finally invited to her first high-end soiree, a Junior Committee meet-and-greet for a prestigious opera company, she is accidentally mistaken for an heiress from Hong Kong , also named Grace Tang. Her efforts to correct the mistake lose some of their forcefulness when she is subsequently introduced to handsome Andrew James Barrington Jr. From a chance meeting in the street to dinner at a Chinese restaurant , the two begin to see more of each other, and Grace's personal, professional, and family interests become increasingly entangled and conflicting. Andrew, the son of a prominent attorney Roger Rees , works in the New York State Attorney General 's office in Manhattan , and has been passionately pursuing a case against a network of Chinatown sweatshops — in one of which Grace's mother works. Grace, unable to extricate herself gracefully from what she saw initially as an innocuous white lie, finds herself pretending that her parents are an old couple whom she visits as a volunteer.
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Have you ever met Grace Lee? And according to the US Census in the year , Lee was ranked the 22nd most popular surname with , people. So, to see whether the name Grace Lee was as popular as it seems, I asked a small group of friends if they knew or met an Asian American girl named Grace Lee.