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A quirky, intensely intimate, totally captivating story about love, marriage, “yellow fever”... and documentary filmmaking.
A quirky, intensely intimate, totally captivating story about love, marriage, “yellow fever”... and documentary filmmaking.
237 backers pledged $24,200 to help bring this project to life.

Free Screening of Seeking Asian Female in Los Angeles!


There's a free screening of seeking asian female this coming Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7pm in Los Angeles at USC's Outside the Box (Office) film series. Be sure to make a reservation using the link above to ensure your seat. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

I'll be there to answer questions! 




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Seeking Asian Female premieres on PBS tonight!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're not getting inundated by too many news blasts... but some of you may not have signed up for our newsletter (which you can do on the Contact page of our website), liked us on Facebook, or followed our Twitter (if not, do it now!) Just in case, we wanted to remind you that tonight, Monday May 6 at 10pm ET is the broadcast premiere of Seeking Asian Female on Independent Lens! It's being carried in nearly every PBS market, so if you live in the US (and parts of Canada) you may be able to see the one-hour version that all of you at Kickstarter helped create through your generous support!!!! Please be sure to check local listings as not every area airs it at the same time and it might be playing on your station throughout the month of May during Asian American heritage month. As well, it is available on the Cove player at

We're getting some really great press for the broadcast... including a nice write-up in the NY Times by Mike Hale (the actual fit to print newsprint paper) and an interview with yours truly and an analysis of "yellow fever" by Susan James on ABC

Thanks for making They're All So Beautiful a huge success and if you miss the broadcast, the feature-length version is now available for home and educational use and on iTunes. For the month of May, this "director's cut" will also be available on Comcast on Demand for only $4.99! You can find out about this and so much more at our website:

Thanks! And thanks for spreading the word!!

Cheers, Debbie
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THEY'RE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL, seeking asian female's companion web project
join the conversation, watch, read, write: #SoBeautiful Asian

TUNE IN on MAY 6 for our US Broadcast on PBS' INDEPENDENT LENS

They're All So Beautiful - Episode 2

THEY'RE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL Episode 2Do you have to be white to have "yellow fever"? is now live!

Be sure to watch the short video and read the blogs. This week: Twanna A. Hines aka Funky Brown Chick, Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, co-editor of, and Evan Narcisse from You can also follow us online and read and hear interviews appearing in various media near you… like this one in Giant Robot.

Join the conversation at #SoBeautifulAsian, tell us what you think and help us spread the word!

Debbie Lum

They're All So Beautiful and This American Life!

Dear Kickstarter backers...

In case you have not heard (and if not, please go immediately to and sign up for our mailing list :-))...things over here have continued to be as crazy as ever and we have loads of exciting news to tell you... 

Starting today, I'm going to be on This American Life talking about "yellow fever" and the making of Seeking Asian Female. Huge thanks to Steph Foo, Glyn Washington of Snap Judgment for making this happen! Tune into your local NPR station or click here.

On Monday, April 1, we are launching THEY'RE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL at This 5-part online video series and forum about race, dating and "yellow fever" was conceived way back when you supported this Kickstarter campaign - so you will be happy to know that it's finally coming to fruition. We showed you the preview last summer, and now we'd like you to watch a sneak peek of the final version of epsidoe #1 here. Please don't post publicly until Monday!

Please check back on Monday! Every Monday in April, we'll unveil a new video. We've got some amazing bloggers lined up to comment each week, such as: Jeff Yang of, Tracy Quan of The Daily Beast, Prof Celine Shimizu of UC Santa Barbara, Ian Lang of, Nicole Wong of Hyphen Magazine, and our very own, writer and Editor-in-Chief, Anne Ishii. I know you you've got something personal to say about this, so please join the conversation at #So BeautifulAsian and spread the word! (Full schedule below.)

Last but not least, THANK YOU to all who attended our screenings at CAAMFest. There were definitely some kickstarter friends at the screening and it was so nice to finally see the film with you and hear your reactions -- where it definitely hits closer to home. Besides three sold out shows and jam-packed panel discussion of "yellow fever", we were so thrilled to win the jury prize for best documentary!! Thanks CAAM, Hyphen Magazine, Cal Humanities and KQED!

Here's the schedule for seeking asian female and


April 1 | What is “yellow fever”?

April 8 | Do you have to be white to have “yellow fever”?

April 15 | What do Asian American men think of “yellow fever”?

April 22 | Do Asian women have "white fever"?

April 29 | What about interracial marriage?

May 6 | Seeking Asian Female airs on PBS’s Independent Lens

Upcoming Screenings - seeking asian female

April 6,10 | Florida Film Festival | Maitland, FL | Info

April 11, 17, 20 | Doc Edge Film Festival | Auckland, New Zealand | Info

April 18 | AAAS Conference | Seattle, WA | Info

May 8 | Petaluma Cinema Series | Petaluma, CA | Info

TBD | DisOrient Film Festival | Eugene, Oregon | Info

Debbie & The SAF Team


Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you know about this crazy festival called the Arclight Documentary Festival. Right now seeking asian female is a finalist as one of 16 films selected in the Social Issue Category. The TOP 5 in our category with the most LIKES (not just views) on Arclight's Youtube and Facebook page will be screened at the lovely Arclight Theater in Los Angeles next month and will be eligible for a $10,000 prize!

Last I checked, seeking asian female was in 5th place on Youtube...BUT we are a very sad second from the bottom on Facebook likes! We need more votes before the voting ends this Sunday, 10/14.

To VOTE, click on these two links, then scroll down until you find Social Issue Documentaries category, then find seeking asian female trailer # 12 -- You can vote on both Facebook and Youtube -- We need to be in the TOP 5 to make it to the final round. Voting ends on Sunday October 14.

If you could please take a moment yourself to LIKE us on BOTH Youtube and Facebook, I'd be forever grateful!!
If you could post or forward this email to anyone, I'd be overjoyed! :-)

Thanks! Debbie