Hi friends! I hope you are doing well! We are great around here! Spring is in the air and we are getting our allergies under control. ;) A little NorCal humor for you.
Today, I wanted to talk to you about a new show that's on TV. It's called Fresh Off the Boat. It's about a Taiwanese family that has immigrated to the United States to make a better life for themselves and their kids. It's set in Orlando, Florida in the 90's. It has LOTS of throwback music, clothing trends, and all sorts of fun stuff from when I was growing up. It's a comedy. (I'm in no way affiliated with this show, haha, I wish!)
This show is REALLY important to me. Why? Because growing up in the US in the 90's as an Asian kid was hard. There was NO ONE on TV that looked like me. There was ONE Asian Barbie doll. No Asian singers in US music. Since there was a lack of Asians represented on TV and in music, no one really understood me and my culture.
Things that people don't understand often make them uncomfortable. People who look different than everyone else you're used to seeing often get treated differently. From being called racist names to people pretending to "speak Chinese" to all the nail shop jokes, I've heard it all. You get used to it and that's just sad. I, like Eddie, had to go to middle school in a town with predominately white people. It's hard when you don't have anyone to identify with.
Fresh Off the Boat is a fun and funny show that depicts what it's like to have immigrant parents. It shows a generation of kids that don't really know who they are. We don't want to stick with the "old ways" but we don't want to lose our culture either. The Huang Family struggles through a lot of things that my family struggled through i.e. fitting in, making friends, having people question your food, etc...
If you are Asian, have Asian friends, or ever wanted to know what like was like for an Asian family transitioning to the US, you should watch this show. ESPECIALLY if you are in a mixed race relationship! Oh my gosh, it's so nice for me to point at the TV and tell hubby "this is what it was like when I was growing up." This is the first show in over 20 years that has an Asian family as the focal point and that truly embraces what being Asian American is all about. You should check it out.