Why Fresh Off The Boat

February 24, 2015 7:50 PM

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Why Fresh Off The Boat

When I first found out that ABC would be airing Fresh Off The Boat, I was ecstatic. It was the equivalent of being chosen first for the popular kid's dodgeball team. Finally, a show that would validate not only my experience, but millions of Asian Americans' experience of growing up in this country and our families' stories of assimilation. And even though Asian Americans may share the unified experience of being isolated and misrepresented in mainstream media, our experiences are not the same.

Since Fresh's premiere, I've been fascinated to read the spectrum of reactions from Asian American friends and critics, and non-Asians alike. It's been interesting to read everything from Jeff Yang's glowing and touching Los Angeles Times review to TIME's prediction that Fresh has what it takes to b...

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