By MANDY TE.
Watch out, Winston Peters! As in, literally, watch out because Fresh Off the Boat has arrived on our shores.
Fresh Off the Boat is loosely based on the childhood of chef Eddie Huang, and centres on his Taiwanese family as they live in Orlando, Florida. The show is set during the 1990s and follows the Huang family’s move from Washington DC to the less diverse Florida, where there are no Chinese Learning Centres (Kumon is our equivalent) and no Asian marketplaces.
The show focuses on Eddie’s father, Louis – a man who endeavours to make his all-American steakhouse restaurant successful – and Eddie’s mother, Jessica – who has trouble dealing with her hair – the lack of Asian community within Orlando, and the overall move.
However, the main character of this show is Eddie himself. Not only does he feel like an outsider within his family – they just don’t understand his love for hip hop and rap – he also feels that way when he tries to fit in at a predominantly white school. His two brothers, on the other hand, seem to be having a good and easy time settling in.
FOUR’s Fresh Off the Boat is the first Asian-American sitcom since Margaret Cho’s All American Girl and, if I do say so myself (not that I’m biased or anything), one that we all need on our screens – especially in the Asian diasporic community. When you only have Lucy Liu, Christina from Grey’s Anatomy, and Cho Chang on your screen, it’s nice seeing a whole Asian family being represented, and not in a generic way either.
The show has just started airing in both New Zealand and the the United States. Already it has received positive reviews and a lot of media coverage, due to its importance for the Asian community and how Asians are now being represented on screen. That’s not to say that the situations within the show mirror the lives of all Asian-American families or Kiwi-Asian families; however it is relatable to many people and offers insight into the difficulties that members of the Asian diasporic community face, as two cultures are being juggled at the same time.
If you haven’t watched the first episode yet, make sure you catch up with TV On Demand and park yourself in front of the TV next Wednesday at 8pm so you can actually catch it on FOUR!SHARE THIS POST...