Asian 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.
Growing up in a mostly Caucasian neighborhood I can definitely relate to the #FreshOffTheBoat show and all their stereotypes lol
— AronSunday (@AronSunday) February 5, 2015
— Brenda Cheng ♡ (@Bendabrenda) February 5, 2015
— James Nguyen (@_nguyen) February 5, 2015
#FreshOffTheBoat was funny and hit so very close to home.
— Dave N. (@davenappy) February 5, 2015
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.
That "chink" line hits hard, no matter how long you've been preparing for it #FreshOffTheBoat
— Audrey Magazine (@audreymagazine) February 5, 2015
I remember the first time someone called me a chink. It was a neighbor. In elementary school. #freshofftheboat
— Kat Chow (@katchow) February 5, 2015
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.
— Raymond Hsia (@RayHsia) February 5, 2015
These words to Eddie from his parents as they walked away from their school also drew cheers.
Quote of the night: "I never want you rocking the boat, but I will never get mad at you for standing up for yourself." – #FreshOffTheBoat
— Juliet Shen (@Juliet_Shen) February 5, 2015
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.
The Snoop Dog – gie dog song/dance report card presentation had me
#FreshOffTheBoat is awesome.
— Brian Garces (CMP) (@MinxGuySD) February 5, 2015
One thing about #FreshOffTheBoat is that Randall Park is hot as hellllllll. SO, there's that.
— Angie Manfredi (@misskubelik) February 5, 2015