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#FreshOfftheBoat Hits Home with Asian American Twitterverse

Eddie HuangAsian America came out in force for Fresh Off the Boat, if a Twitter party promoted jointly by AsAmNews, Angry Asian Man, Jeff Yang, Em Liu and a wide range of Asian American bloggers, is any indication.

Twitter listed #FreshOfftheBoat as the number one trending hashtag when I looked at 9:30 Pacific Time. Hundreds if not thousands of tweets were sent out. It was unanimous, at least for the people who turned out at the party, the show is a hit.

Many mentioned how Fresh Off the Boat hit close to home.

The ending of the pilot also brought back some painful memories of being subjected to racial slurs during their life. Whether it happened in their childhood or more recently, those hurtful incidents have stuck with them.

But what made it less painful was the reaction from the parents. They stood up for Eddie when the principal threatened him with suspension for getting into a fight. Eddie’s parents demanded to know why the other child was allowed to call their son a “chink” without any punishment.

These words to Eddie from his parents as they walked away from their school also drew cheers.

While those at the Twitter party may not be a representative crowd, together with the overwhelming critical acclaim the show has been receiving, it is clearly off to a good start. There are still those who object to the show’s title and there are some who fear Fresh Off the Boat will end up perpetuating racial stereotypes. Those same people object to the Taiwanese accent used by co-stars Randall Park as Eddie’s father, Louis, and Constance Wu, Eddie’s mother, Jessica.

Fresh Off the Boat moves to its regular Tuesday night 8 PM/ 7 Central time slot starting next Tuesday.


  1. REL Fresh Off the Boat hits home with Asian American Twitterverse: Back in high school, I remember a friend who is of a spanish culture. She made a comment to me that I will never forget. You Chinese are never satisfied with just a 90 (A), you need to get a 95 or higher. We, however, are very happy with just passing which was a grade of 65. This show reminded my of those days. It’s in our culture to get higher grades.

  2. RE: Fresh Off the Boat a hit with Asian Americans on Twitterverse: I must be the odd ball here. Didn’t relate to it but watched it and it did have it’s funny moments. Lots of stereotypical jokes both on Asians and white. Might get old quick.

    I’m Chinese but grew up in Long Beach that has a large population of Cambodians. No one ever called me the C word. But I did get a lot of “dog eater” from Mexicans and guess who, the Cambodians! LOL

    My parents weren’t strict on my grades. They were happy we all got A’s and B’s, but they weren’t pushing it on us. We basically did pretty damn good w/o the push.

    However, our parents did love to “compare” their kids with other relatives. Like my Cousin who did get straight A’s and all these awards.

    Long story short, we all have a College Degree, my brother has a Master in Civil Engineering, My cousin with his “Straight A’s” did become a Electrical Engineer!

    Laugh all you want at how Asians focus on Education. In the end, we’re not living off the Government.


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