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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.

They're All So Beautiful and This American Life!

Posted by Debbie Lum (Creator)

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


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