Off the Menu: Asian America
Directed by Grace Lee
Off the Menu: Asian America is an exploration of food in changing communities, families, traditions, and faiths, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Grace Lee (American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs).
Lee travels from Houston, Texas to New York’s Lower East Side, from Oak Creek, Wisconsin to Oahu, Hawaii seeking stories that reflect an evolving Asian Pacific America and the role food plays in peoples’ lives.
“We wanted to find unexpected stories that embodied the Asian American experience. Asian America is already such a vast, complex, and contested idea. Focusing on food was a way to explore the deeper connections of culture, family, and ideas of authenticity and adaptation that link us all. So many times, people associate food with Asian or Asian American culture. With Off the Menu, I hope we can expand the conversation to explore our stories as well,” says Lee.