First, why I’m writing about ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” here at the blog of a PAC whose mission is to increase AAPI involvement in US politics. Part of that is educating, identify, outing & resolving race issues in the US whether by political means or others (grassroots, education, public embarrassment, etc.). This show is an important step in that movement, a movement close in heart & action to those of our PAC.
There’re countless eloquent & well-written tributes to the show including
- “Rap and Lunchables – Fresh off the Boat Does Asian America Right” – thug life says it best and freshest
- “Eddie Huang talks about what Fresh Off The Boat Means for Asian Americans” – from the man himself which reminds us of his essay for New Yorker magazine
- “Review: Fresh Off the Boat Has the Makings of an American Original” – it’s complex … and the best
- “For Asian-American students, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ not just a sitcom” – ant helpfully lists all the milestones it sets, all hard-fought through a long history of hurt
- “‘Fresh off the Boat’ is groundbreaking, funny” – even White America gets it
I add my own to the pile.
Constance Wu’s character Jessica Huang steals the show. At last, as the sentiment which underlies Asians Not Brainwashed By Media and this fan of On the Media yours truly is sharply aware, an Asian woman who is a real woman. Not some meaty object of desire, not some caricature, not some shell of a human being, not a moist stereotype, not just a generic “wife and mother” character as America is so apt to love, but a true human being with feelings, complexities, arguments, and growing pains.
Next, the father, wow a man of the house, haven’t we seen a lot of these on tv? Sarcasm, people, and now we add to the slowly growing list of responsible Asian men in American media, always a sore tender point.
And the kids, whoever casts for ABC with their many kids in many shows recently is great & I can only be so proud of them & their parents for raising such fine actors & aware people.
And my immediate reaction: wow, it’s my life on tv. At last, it’s like therapy.