Helen Lee (partial data)
Countries: Canada / South Korea
Films directed by Helen Lee
Quote about Helen Lee
"[Helen Lee's] work identifies sex as that which binds Asian Women but also sets them free within the realm of experience and representation. She presents the Asian Woman in the sex act, but refuses to subsume her subjectivity entirely within sexuality. In her own words, Helen Lee says: 'There is that image of Asian women in the mode of servitude, which can also apply in terms of a sexualized image -- sexual servitude. Or as the stereotypical dragon lady. Both are very charged, hyper-sexualized images, the implication being that we have secrets or skills that aren't available to other women. At the same time, I want to present strong Asian female characters, where their sexuality isn't completely uninflected by these matters, that acknowledges the popular lineage of the lotus blossom/dragon lady stereotypes without buying into them.'"
-- Celine Parreñas Shimizu
For QUOTES about a specific film by Helen Lee, please see: Sally's Beauty Spot
The Art of Woo
Notes about Helen Lee
- Born in Seoul, Korea; immigrated to Canada when she was four years old.
- Has a master's degree in cinema studies from New York University.
Section 1: Publications about Helen Lee
- Hoolboom, Mike. "Helen Lee: Priceless." Interview with Helen Lee. In Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, 21-34. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2008.
- Parreñas Shimizu, Celine. "Recognizing the Asian Woman in the Sex Act: Fetishism and Self-Fashioning in Films by Helen Lee." In "Making Woman Asian: Racialized Sexuality on Screen and Scene," 236-279. PhD diss., Stanford University, 2001.
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