T.V. Review #4 – Fresh Off The Boat

An Asian- American family balancing their asian culture with American culture

Fresh Off The Boat is a show about an Asian-American family attempting to achieve their idea of the American dream. The show is based on the Huang family. They moved from Washington D.C. to Florida and opened a restaurant. Like most of American family television series, Fresh Off The Boat also uses comedy as well as family values throughout the series. In the show, the values presented, especially from the parents perspective, are focused on education and hard work. Specifically, the mother Jessica Huang takes education extremely seriously and actually gives her kids homework assignments on top of their regular homework. While the two youngest brothers conform to their parents wishes and excel in music, as well their school work. This seems a bit stereotypical of Asian-American families, meaning hard work and commitment, but the oldest son Eddie Huang is vastly different from the rest of his family. Eddie Huang technically the main character is fascinated and engulfed by African-American culture, specifically rap music. The show does use some stereotypes but they are not meant to be facetious nor are they negative in the plot. Although it is not one of my favorite shows, it can be entertaining as well as humorous at times. This is especially true on how the family comes together when life can be so hectic, much like our own families. It is very refreshing that the characters, especially the father, show a desire and commitment to succeed. He does this even when faced with mounting odds. The verdict is out on whether he succeeds as a Asian American running a western cowboy restaurant. 

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