They’re All So Beautiful

They’re All So Beautiful is a six-part web series that takes the conversation started in Seeking Asian Female, to the web forums. Each of the episodes, directed by Debbie Lum and co-produced by Maikiko James, begins with a question designed to stimulate discussion on yellow fever and stereotypes about Asian women.

  • What is “yellow fever”? (April 1)
  • Do you have to be white to have “yellow fever”? (April 8)
  • What do Asian/American men think of “yellow fever”? (April 15)
  • What about “white fever”–when Asian women seek out white Western men? (April 22)
  • What about interracial marriage? (April 29)
  • Seeking Asian Female (May 6) airs on PBS’s Independent Lens

Talking head commentary from experts and everyday Asian-Americans, as well as interviews with patrons of Asian fetish forums spell out the implications of race-based romantic preferences with honesty and humor. They’re All So Beautiful is provocative while politically agnostic. It promises to surprise viewers with its thoughtful look at modern love and relationships.

The webisodes in the series will be released one per week leading up to the national broadcast of Seeking Asian Female on Independent Lens on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). To fuel the conversation, new guest bloggers will view and reflect on the webisodes weekly. Confirmed guest bloggers include Jeff Yang of, Professor Celine Parrenas-Shimizu of UC Santa Barbara, Nicole Wong of Hyphen Magazine, novelist and vocal sex workers’ rights activist and blogger at The Daily Beast Tracy Quan, and’s Evan Narcisse.

A sneak peek of the entire webisode series along with a panel discussion will take place at CAAMFEST (formerly, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) on March 23, 2013 in conjunction with a screening of Seeking Asian Female.

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They’re All So Beautiful was funded and supported in part by Cal Humanities (the California Council for the Humanities), Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and ITVS (the Independent Television Service). Partners also include Hyphen Magazine, KQED and