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Documentary Asks Why White American Men Marry Asian Women (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A new documentary called "Seeking Asian Female" examines why white men seek to marry Asian women who live thousands of miles away (video below).

"Seeking Asian Female," which aired tonight on PBS, was produced and directed by Debbie Lum, a fourth-generation Chinese-American from St Louis.

Lum follows Steven, a twice-divorced 60-year-old, and Sandy, a 30-year-old Chinese woman, whom he meets on CraigsList, reports ABC News.

Steven, who works as a garage attendant at the San Francisco airport, explains his quest: "Over the course of the last five years there must be hundreds of different girls from China that I've been writing to."

Steven flies to China to meet Sandy and returns to California with her after she agrees to marry him.

According to Daily Mail, Steven thinks that Sandy will be submissive, a stereotype that infuriates Lum, but the Chinese bride turns out to have a hot temper.

They also struggle to communicate because they can barely understand the others' language. The two live in an apartment where Steven has lived as a bachelor for 20 years.

"He was basically an open book and would say the things I suspected men were thinking but had the self-consciousness not to share," said Lum.

"He gave me incredible insight into what men were thinking. About Asian women, but it was more than that, I was drawn to his complexity as a character. His behavior was troublesome and bothersome to me, but I could see he had a sense of humor."

Lum, who does speak Chinese, became a translator as Sandy and Steven turned to her to resolve their issues.

As of today, Sandy and Steven have been married for four years.

Sources: Daily Mail and ABC News