Suey Park about the new ABC sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat based off of the book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang. After watching the trailer released by ABC, she addressed the show’s several shortcomings including: a criminal misrepresentation of the Chinese and Taiwanese community (by the use of Korean American actors), the manipulation of the term “Asian” to erase heterogeneity between cultures, an immigrant stereotype perpetuating premise, and the use of FOB as an identifier when it is clearly used against immigrant poc. (x,x,x,x,x,x)

What’s stupid is I’m pretty sure Koreans are Asian too right? How is that a problem, they do look a lot alike as a community what the hell is this how’s problem ?

You’re right while we’re at it we should replace 80% of white actors in Hollywood with giant expired containers of molded ass cottage cheese y’all look a lot alike as a community anyway

When I read a ton of posts cheering that there was finally a show featuring an Asian family on prime time, I thought it was going to be an amazing trailer. Then I watched it.

That trailer made me feel so uncomfortable – especially the part where they have the black kid call the main character a “chink”.

This is something that I’ve been noticing a lot on television. When a show has to deal with racism, they always address the issue through another person of color because portraying a white person as racist seems to make writers and audiences uncomfortable.

This recently happened on Glee when Sam said a slew of ignorant and problematic things about his black girlfriend, Mercedes, in front of her black friends. When Mercedes began to worry about dating a white boy as a result, it was made to look like she was the racist party… ???

And now here, you have a black boy telling the main character that since he was the low man on the totem pole before, he’s eager to pass on the torch to the new man of color in town and perpetuate racism… Okay then.

It just rubs me the wrong way – on top of all the other awful stereotypical representations of Chinese and immigrant people in that trailer.

I didn’t laugh once.

Z and I just talked about the trailer on the new ep of the podcast (going up tomorrow hopefully!) These are valid things that I hadn’t entirely considered, especially the problematic aspect of Korean American actors representing the Chinese/Taiwanese diaspora. I hadn’t previously known about this. I’m still open to seeing the show and watching it, as it will be interesting to see where it goes buuuuuut it doesn’t seem like it’s going to have a good start.

Rewatching the trailer I’m still excited that there is finally a sitcom featuring an Asian family, but I don’t want that to be at the expense of just laughing and pointing at them for being “immigrants.” 


– F

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