What if an older white male started chasing young Asian females? Is that right? Is that racist?
Debbie Lum sets out to make a documentary exposing the loathsome "Yellow Fever" phenomenon. She began filming Steven, a 60-year old white man, and Sandy, a 30-year old woman from China.) But when Steven and Sandy need a translator, Debbie uncomfortably finds herself on the other side of the camera.
To see the story unfold with your own eyes, check out Debbie's documentary, Seeking Asian Female. It's truly fascinating, and it premieres on PBS' Independent Lens on May 6, 2013 at 10pm ET.
She also has a fantastic web project discussing sex and race at Theyreallsobeautiful.com. Check it out.
For more locations and dates, go to SeekingAsianFemale.com.
Producer: Stephanie Foo
Stones Throw Hip Hop artist Homeboy Sandman remembers when he first decided to take his music full time. When the rhymes don’t cover the rent, the New York emcee finds himself deep in the red and facing eviction.
Homeboy Sandman’s new album, “First of A Living Breed,” is out now on Stones Throw Records. It was listed as one of the top 50 albums of 2012 by NPR. Check it out!
Also, be on the look out for his writing for The Huffington Post.
Producer: Pat Mesiti-Miller
Jason Leopold moved to LA to marry his girlfriend, kicked a cocaine addiction and began a career in journalism. But sobriety wasn't the simple fix he was expecting it to be.
Jason is lead investigative reporter for truthout.org and the author of News Junkie.
This version is just a short excerpt of Jason's amazing life story, which includes lots of glam metal and runs-ins with the mafia. Take a listen to the whole story at Love + Radio.
Producers: Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker, Sarah Lu
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When you jump into the icy pacific ocean before the sun comes up to go for a swim, you never know what might decide to swim along with you. Find out more about Lynn Cox and her books here.
Producer: Anna Sussman
Sound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller
The only father Kim Yong ever knew was the first leader of North Korea. He grew up an orphan after the Korean War and was raised to be utterly devoted to the state; blindly loyal, even. So blind that he couldn’t see what was coming.
Producer: Julia DeWitt
Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio
Rocio Flores was raised in Coyoacan, Mexico. Her father, Andres Sanchez Flores, was an assistant to Diego Rivera, and she spent her childhood hanging out with Frida Kahlo. But it all was ripped away from her when she mysteriously moved to the middle of nowhere in the United States. The reasoning behind her move is a mystery that goes unsolved for almost 50 years.
Read Rocio’s article about her father and see pictures of his gorgeous work at Rocio’s blog.
Producer: Stephanie Foo