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Jump to. Debbie Lum's brilliant, unpredictable, hilarious and poignant film, Seeking Asian Female, is a jewel. She follows a suspicious romance, to reveal dimensions not just of their hearts, but of her ownand with that, ours. Steven is a year-old white American man who works as a cashier in a garage and dreams of marrying a young Asian woman. From one surprising turn to the next, as the two online pen pals attempt to overcome vast differences in age, language and culture for the sake of a real-life marriage, the filmmaker gets pulled deeper into their story.
With comic and poignant twists and turns, this roller coaster relationship documentary becomes a challengingly honest love story for the ages. Seeking Asian Female is a deceptively funny and entertaining film that mines complex issues of race, gender, and migration. There is nothing simple about this story. What begins as a lampoon of white male fantasies of Asian women, becomes an intensely human drama that triangulates immigration, love, representation, and the ethics of filmmaking.
Seeking Asian Female is not, and indeed could not possibly be, merely about the vexations of realized fantasy or the psychology of "yellow fever," as Lum set out to explore. Sandy is no object of anyone's wish-fulfillment. Her marriage to Steven is far secondary to her self-sufficiency, bravery, and intelligence in defining who she is.
The film sends us reeling down a tender migration story where two people surprise us at every turn as they grapple with whether it is possible to love across different languages, worldviews, and expectations. Seeking Asian Female manages to be hilarious, unsettling, heartfelt and just plain icky all at the same time, while diving headfirst into the issue of "yellow fever" in a complex and character-driven way.
Included in the Educational DVD are both versions of the film, the minute "director's cut" and the minute broadcast version. It also contains deleted scenes, original artwork, the film trailer and the 5-part short video series from the film's companion web project, They're All So Beautiful.
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