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Online documentary series explores why ‘They’re All So Beautiful’

by Kaori Shoji

Special To The Japan Times

“They’re All So Beautiful” is a six-part Web series/forum focused specifically on the attraction that Asian women hold for Caucasian men, and director Debbie Lum interviews men in the throes of “yellow fever” — whether they like to admit to the term or not.

The interviewees display the classic symptoms: “If I look at a group of women I will always notice the Asian woman first. Happens every time.” “When I see an Asian woman, it’s like, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful’ … like an angel was dropped in front of me.” “I think from a physical standpoint I’m much more attracted to an Asian woman.”

Most of us are familiar with the term “yellow fever” (or have brushed up against the real thing), and though it sounds so 1989, this series reveals that the phenomenon has carried over into the 21st century and is very much alive.

Get this: “Asian” remains one of the most searched porn queries in the United States. In Canada, it’s No. 1. It does give pause to imagine all those male fingers typing that certain word on their keyboards and scrolling through the search results, doesn’t it?

And if it’s not porn, the Asian fetish is easily found elsewhere, including the bookshelf — from “Memoirs of a Geisha” to the more recent (and direct) “The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls & Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient” by Sheridan Prasso.

“They’re All So Beautiful” looks at the phenomenon to tell us the simple fact of the matter: The Asian woman is the most likely to stir the fetishist, coming out tops among all other women on the face of the Earth.

But is there, like, a comprehensible reason? Tune in and find out.

Episode one of “They’re All So Beautiful” is available from April 1 at www.theyreallsobeautiful.com. New webisodes will be shown one per week leading up to the U.S. TV broadcast of the movie “Seeking Asian Female” on May 6.