LAAPFF ’12: Can an Asian Fetish Lead to True Love?
At its core, Seeking Asian Female is a thoroughly entertaining relationship story (dare I say romantic comedy?), and left me with a few takeaway questions to chew on. If it works out for Steven and Sandy, does that validate his means of finding her? If yellow fever at its base is about sexualized stereotypes, domination, and power, how do you pass judgement when the beholder gets to know the object of desire in a genuine way, and starts to see her with depth and agency? Who am I to judge what someone’s dream girl looks or acts like? Are Steven’s online dating tactics so much worse than how my friends filter through OK Cupid? The film does not put its stake in the ground one way or another, but opens up the opportunity for real dialogue around these questions.