WATCH THIS! Fresh Off the Boat – It’s a Hit!By Soo Jin Kim | February 24, 2015 | Entertainment, Gals On The Town
Social Gal Soo Jin Kim breaks down why you should be watching ABC hot new series.
Raise your hand if youΓÇÖve been watching Fresh Off the Boat, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. And if you havenΓÇÖt been, why arenΓÇÖt you?
I get it, you might not be Asian, or perhaps, you donΓÇÖt care about ABC shows. Maybe you canΓÇÖt solve math problems and youΓÇÖre still pissed off at the Vietnamese lady for yelling at you at the nail salon. Whatever your reasons are, you juuuuuust gotta sit down and watch.
ItΓÇÖs nothing like All American Girl,┬á that crappy show starring Margaret Cho about a Korean-American family that ended after a season almost 20 years ago. First of all, there was nothing Asian (or Korean) about that show, except for the terrible accents and the equally diabolical writing.
The writing for Fresh is spot on. IΓÇÖm not Chinese or a FOB (but a product of immigrant parents), and I swear to the big man upstairs, itΓÇÖs my family dynamic, all day, all night, twice on Sundays. The cheesy ΓÇ£I love the American dreamΓÇ¥ dad, the sassy ΓÇ£over-the-top,ΓÇ¥ yet subtly cynical and sarcastic mom, the ΓÇ£white-washedΓÇ¥ sibling, the precocious child who listens to all the neighborhood gossip, and of course, the main character, Eddie Huang.
I truly believe the breakout star of this show is Jessica Huang, played by Constance Wu, who mimics the stereotypical ΓÇ£ainΓÇÖt nobody got time for thatΓÇ¥ AzN mom. I mean, whose mom isnΓÇÖt like Jessica? I bet you anything, Buzzfeed will start a ΓÇ£20 things that make you JessicaΓÇ¥ list, soon.
“If you try to suspend our son because of this we will sue everyone in this school. Hey, itΓÇÖs the American way.” ΓÇö And you know about that. (Asian parents donΓÇÖt play. They might be all psycho about your education, and they will be the first to tell you exactly how they feel, but if you mess with their family, their babies, they will violate you. Asian parents have your back and then some. ItΓÇÖs a cultural thang.)
I cry tears whenever I watch this show. The one-liners – to die for!
Thank you ABC for broadening your programming and for bringing various cultures to mainstream media. I like it. #thumbswayup
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