Seeking Asian Female
Dir. Debbie Lum, 2013
As long as I can remember, white men have had a fascination with Asian women that goes well beyond personal preference, and I just don’t get it. I’m not the only one. Filmmaker Debbie Lum constantly fought the urge to bail on her documentary Seeking Asian Female when she saw how her potential subjects were objectifying Asian identity. Finally she settled on Steven, an unassuming old man with a Chinese fetish bordering on mania.
To this end, Steven actually marries Sandy, a girl freshly imported from China. Sandy is not the docile servant-heart he imagined, and neither is he what she imagined. The relationship is rocky, but gradually morphs from societal construct into an actual romance as Steven gradually relinquishes his Chinese obsession. Seeking Asian Female is not always easy to watch, but it has done the best– often funny– job at a subject that demands further attention. B-