There is a new documentary movie out titled “Seeking Asian Female.” The Wall Street Journal article “Seeking Asian Female’ Explores World of Mail-Order Brides” by Jeff Yang talks about the movie and the issues it explores (here):
.... Five years ago, Debbie Lum set out to investigate a phenomenon that she says has “haunted” her — and some other Asian women — her entire life.
“I’m talking about yellow fever!” she says. “If you’re Asian, you know exactly what I mean. It’s Asian American Issues 101.”
If you’re not Asian, what Lum is referring to is the targeted attraction that some non-Asian men have toward Asian women — an obsession, in some cases, that takes the creepy plunge into sexual fetish.....
.... In Steven and Sandy’s clash of cultures, and the renegotiation of expectations and shifting balance of power that subsequently ensues, one can readily see a reflection of the larger picture of Sino-American relations. The U.S. simultaneously sees China as an alluring and naive consumer target, waiting for the Coke-bearing white knight of corporate America to come sweep it off its feet, and as a determined and crafty rival, jostling for preeminence on America’s own home turf.
“This movie does end up, almost accidentally, saying a lot about the current state of America’s relationship with China,” says Lum. “You realize how little the West and China really understand each other, and how much buzzwords and catchphrases and stereotypes end up shaping the dialogue, even though it’s literally the most important relationship in the world right now.”
The best that both parties might be able to hope for is something close to where “Seeking Asian Female” concludes. I’ll leave you to interpret what that means once you’ve seen the film.