‘Fresh Off the Boat’: A Sweet Father-Son Fiction – COLORLINES

By Julianne Hing


“Are my unabashedly positive feelings about “Fresh Off the Boat” colored by a desperation to see Asian faces on television? How much is due to the fact that it genuinely makes me laugh? Then again am I only laughing so hard because the Huang family reminds me of my own Chinese family? Is it possible that this show really is as good as it seems?
That’s what I’ve been asking myself the last four weeks that ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” has been on the air. As the show continues, and I continue to laugh, I’m no better able to answer those questions today than I was a month ago. Mine is an incredulity born of a lifetime of jaded pop culture consumption where crap TV is the norm and Asian invisibility is the standard. Last night’s Episode 6, “Fajita Man,” was no different.”


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Source: colorlines.com

Fresh Off the Boat – Pilot Episode FREE on Amazon


From Amazon

“It’s 1995 and 11-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang has just moved with his family from Chinatown in Washington D.C. to suburban Orlando. They quickly discover things are very different there. Orlando doesn’t even have a Chinatown…”

Source: www.amazon.com

Y’all, you can watch the Pilot episode of Fresh Off the Boat for free on Amazon. You have to press the gold “Buy Free SD” or “Buy Free HD” button to watch it.

After you watch it, please let me know your thoughts about it in the comments below.

Fresh Off the Boat’s Rocky Relationship With Hip-Hop

Is Huang’s real-life relationship with hip-hop too complex for sitcom television?


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Source: colorlines.com


I was okay with the OJ stuff. 


It is not fair to blame the writers of this show for denigrating hip-hop. The denigration of hip-hop has already been done  by the record studios. 


What we need to be watchful of is if the writers are going to use the ‘model minority’ stereotype to push down African-Americans – which already happened at least once on the show. 
Flaws and all, the show is good to keep the dialog open on race relations.

Fresh Off the Boat – Review


The Huangs find themselves living in a largely white suburban community, running a restaurant that serves a largely white clientele, and attending largely white public schools. As a family, they are different from most of the people around them. But within the family, there is difference too. Louis is a nice-guy optimist; Jessica is a realist surrounded by an endless litany of American absurdities. Eddie’s brothers seem to blend in seamlessly, and Eddie—well, Eddie is an Asian American kid, born to Asian immigrant parents, who is so alienated by the dominant white culture that the only way he can relate to it is through hip-hop and other signifiers of black culture. “If you’re an outsider,” an older Eddie voice-overs, “hip-hop is your anthem.”


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Source: www.slate.com


Anybody see Fresh Off the Boat last night?

In the trailer here I have one big complaint. The part where the mom says “If you get lost, go with a white family – you will be safe there.” Not funny at all. Not one bit. Actually extremely offensive. Both because it portrays the mom as being racially biased against people of color (racist) and it portrays the mom as not knowing actual crime statistics (ignorant).


I can appreciate humor from ignorant things that people do, but not when the ignorance is combined with racism.


On another note, it’s not really funny that they portray the mom as not knowing what the word ‘sample’ means. She clearly knows English. She just has an accent. Having an accent does not mean that a person is ignorant of vocabulary. I can let that joke slide, but not the racist one. Racism isn’t funny to me. It’s stomach churning.