This is the name of a new documentary by Debbie Lum who wanted to examine the phenomenon of “yellow fever”, the extreme attraction some American men have for Asian women that sometimes borders on fetishism. While starting out with every intention of being just a dispassionate observer of one man’s search for an Asian bride, she ended up as an awkward participant.
An article on the documentary says:
The topic, standing as it does at the charged intersection between sex and race, is a hotbed of controversy among some Asian Americans–just raising it in conversation is often enough to generate uproar and cause tempers to flare. So Lum’s decision to make it the focus of her feature documentary debut had its risks. As she began contacting and interviewing men who’d posted “seeking Asian female” personal ads on Craigslist, she knew was already dancing along a metaphorical third rail.
It was then that she encountered Steven, a 60-year-old, twice-divorced white male with an uncanny resemblance to Aussie actor Geoffrey Rush and a case of yellow fever bordering on the terminal.
Steven was, Lum says, her worst nightmare — the kind of guy she’d spent most of her life trying to avoid. But he was also an irresistible character, and, she thought, a perfect subject to illustrate the deeply dubious nature of the “yellow fever” phenomenon. “He seems to have a broken filter,” she says — freely giving Lum unabashed access to thoughts that others might discreetly choose to keep in the vault.
Here’s the trailer.