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Memoirs Requested for Six Words Fresh Off the Boat Book

posted by Brittney Le

It's the year of the rat on Fresh Off the BoatSix Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America will be a book full of six-word stories telling of the immigrant experience. 20th Century Fox Television, Larry Smith of Six-Word Memoirs, and Kingswell of Disney have partnered to create this crowd-sourced book project, reports JustMeans. The public is free to submit their six-word stories by February 15, with publication expected this September.

The book is intended to celebrate immigration and provide insight into the different identities that make up America. During a time when immigration has become such a particularly trying political topic, things like this book give voice to important histories and emotions and honor the immigrant experience.

“With this crowd-sourced book elevating voices from all across America, we hope to inspire anyone who identifies with the subject matter directly or through the lives of past generations to share their story in six words,” said Steven Melnick, marketing head at 20th Century Fox Television.

Fresh Off the Boat, the first American TV sitcom to star an Asian American family in more than 20 years, has received a lot of attention and has given representation to a group often ignored by Hollywood – Asians. The series is based on the memoir of Eddie Huang, a famous food personality and owner of BaoHaus, a restaurant in New York.

“To collaborate with a television series that has sparked so many discussions across generations and cultures means millions of people will be invited to share their story,” said Larry Smith, original creator of the Six-Word Memoirs project.

Cast members from Fresh Off the Boat shared their own six-word memoirs as well:

Submit your own six-word memoir, or read some submissions:

You can also follow the Twitter account to read submissions.

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