Debbie Lum

Debbie Lum is an award-winning, San Francisco-based filmmaker whose projects give voice to the Asian American experience and other unsung stories. Her last film, SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE premiered at SXSW in documentary competition, was featured on This American Life, and is a perennial “fan favorite” of PBS’s Independent Lens series. For years she worked as a documentary editor; credits include A.K.A Don Bonus (winner national Emmy) and Kelly Loves Tony (nominated for Best Documentary by the IDA), which she also co-produced, among others. She also wrote and directed several short comedies, Chinese Beauty, A Great Deal!, and One April Morning. A mother of three, she is currently producing two documentaries that explore Asian Americans’ fixation on higher education: MY TIGER MOM and THE APPLICANTS.