Seattle Asian American Film Festival recently featured Grace Lee’s documentary “Off the Menu: Asian America,” which she describes as “as a road trip through the United States, where we get to meet folks that reflect an evolving Asian America and a wide ranging relationship with food.” It is not just a cooking or travel show, but something much deeper. Lee focuses on food to explore what it means to be Asian American.
- [Seattle Asian American Film Festival] OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA
- [Center for Asian American Media] “About the Film: “Off the Menu: Asian America grapples with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationship to food.” Read more
- [Center for Asian American Media] Introducing “Off the Menu” with Director Grace Lee: “Food is an accessible entry point for a lot of people. If you can pique peoples’ interests … through a food story, maybe they’ll consider who are the people making the food, or behind the food process.” Read more
- [Eater] Review: ‘Off the Menu: Asian America’ Bites Off More Than It Can Chew: “A critique of the documentary should in no way be seen as a diminishment of the individual stories.” Read more
- [San Diego Asian Film Festival] Off The Menu: Asian America: “Lee zooms out to frame not just the dishes but the people: proud grandchildren of immigrants, community providers, and chefs. An entrepreneur selling sushi in Texas. A temple practicing its faith in Wisconsin. Ecological activists in Hawaii.” Read more
- [International Examiner] Grace Lee connects food and people in Off the Menu: “Food is a way of coming together,” [Maxine] Chan said. “It’s a way of gathering. It’s a social event. It’s not just to eat to survive. It is about eating to demonstrate an emotion.”” Read more
- [PBS] “OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA” ON DVD