The film is as much about the couple's story as it is Lum's own process of coming to see them as more than the sum of their stereotypes.

In the end, she rooted for the success of the marriage, she said. Asian women Pairings between Asian women and Caucasian men are twice as common as matches between Caucasian women and Asian men, a gap that has often been attributed to the hypersexualization of Asian women and the emasculation of Asian men in US pop culture.

"It is not okay for a person of color to be objectified based on their race in any context.

It's dehumanizing, and it means you're making generalizations about what kind of partner a person will be based on the color of their skin." Chen said that she does make a distinction between the experience of Asian American females and Asian females living in Asia or newly living in the US.

Conversely, between 20, interracial marriage between Asian Americans and non-Asians dipped nearly 10 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

In a 2012 Huffington Post article titled So, he likes you because you're Asian, Vivienne Chen, a freelance writer studying gender and sexuality issues at Princeton University, argued that the "Asian fetish" generalization actually reinforces the predominant narrative about Asian women being inherently powerless.

Barbara Nguyen, a public relations representative whose fiance is of Caucasian and Guatemalan heritage, has mostly dated Caucasian men, she said.

She has been drawn to well-educated, creative leaning men from suburban backgrounds, and the type of men who have fit into those categories have generally been white, she said.The number of unmarried interracial couples is difficult to track, but demographers believe it would likely reflect similar trends.Attitudes toward interracial marriages are less of a barrier today than ever before, with a 2011 Gallup Poll estimating that 86 percent of Americans support interracial marriage at least in theory, up from 20 percent in 1968.Additionally, Asian women have been quick to label such men as perverse when their own preferences for white men have made the pairings possible in the first place, she wrote.She cited a study conducted by the dating site Coffee Meets Bagel, in which data showed that of those who specified a racial preference in potential partners, 7 percent of white men indicated Asian."It does a disservice to China's history to suggest that Chinese or Asian people are fundamentally in a state of disempowerment when dealing with the Western world," she said.