Monthly Archives: March 2013

Seeking Asian Female: New Film about ‘Yellow Fever’


‘Yellow fever?’ Eww. Yuck. It’s happened countless times in the past. Men of all shades, stare a little too long – maybe nod and Seeking Asian Womensmile a goofy smile … then begin to try to communicate non-verbally at first … then try to say something as if I was mentally slow … ‘Hell–low … you? (point to me) from here? (point to ground) you from USA (start to speak louder)’

At this point, I roll my eyes – ugh not again. Yes, I speak English. Yes, I was born here. Yes, I’m my family roots are in Asia. No I’m not really interested in hearing about your trip to Asia or the fact that you love Asian things.  It’s not so odd that people are curious and want to connect and want to know information about each other but it’s completely odd when this is the very first thing that comes out of a strangers mouth.

Seeking Asian Female — a new documentary by Debbie Lum looks pretty interesting.

seeking asian female

a personal documentary by Debbie Lum / USA / 82 minutes / in English & Mandarin with English subtitles


seeking asian female is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy—an aging white man with “yellow fever” who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates with skepticism and humor, from the early stages of Steven’s search, through the moment Sandy steps foot in America for the first time, to a year into their precarious union. Global migration, Sino-American relations and the perennial battle of the sexes, weigh in on the fate of their marriage in this intensely captivating personal documentary.

Too bad I missed the screening in Salem but it also premieres on PBS’ Independent Lens on May 6, 2013 at 10pm ET. Looks like it’s worth checking out!