Fresh Off the Boat: What Do We Want Out of an Asian American TV Show?

February 10, 2015 10:45 PM

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Fresh Off the Boat: What Do We Want Out of an Asian American TV Show?

Fresh Off the Boat, the landmark show that has finally put Asian Americans on network television, arrived into the blogosphere with fanfare -- as if it were the coming of a Messiah. And just about everybody in Asian America has been texting and tweeting, commenting and rejoicing.

It is indeed a watershed event. Asian Americans -- especially Asian American males -- are conspicuously absent from popular culture, except as the butt of racist jokes. Not since Margaret Cho's much-ballyhooed, and much-boo-hooed, television show two decades ago (one lost to popular memory because i...

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