ABC’s New Series ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Receives Criticisms before Premiere

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
ABC’s New Series ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Receives Criticisms before Premiere

ABC’s upcoming TV comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat” premieres on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. However, it already receives criticisms, especially negative ones. Read on to know the comments about the show.

The statement “fresh off the boat” (FOB) is commonly used to describe new Asian immigrants in the United States. Those “fresh” Asians are stereotyped to act awkward while trying to blend in into American traditions or culture. According to LA Weekly, Asian immigrants in the 90s were known to have thick accents and wear Nautica jackets.


The show’s title came to be because of an Asian. It is based on a memoir of the same name, written by celebrity restaurateur Eddie Huang. Huang wrote about his own hilarious experiences as an 11-year-old immigrant who loved hip hop.

Creator Nahnatchka Khan and other producers find the premise and setting funny because 90s “was the last time before the Internet exploded.” Khan said that 90s kids were very much themselves because of the less media influences and had to put on effort to mingle with other people.

Khan had fun conniving with Huang to create a comedy show about immigrants because she was from Iran and her family moved to U.S. She admitted hating Persian food and loving hot dogs as a kid.

The creator and cast are very much aware about the advance criticisms on the show, especially from modern Asians born in America. Asian Americans tend to stay away from awkward stereotypes. The show is expected to present white kids bullying Asian kids that made it uncomfortable for some critics. However, “Fresh Off the Boat” team believes that “at the end of the day, funny wins.”

However, in an essay from New York magazine, Huang admitted that he regret his move in selling his memoir to the network. It wrote that his narrative became a “traditional, hackneyed” series to attract Caucasians.

“Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park, who played Kim Jong-un in “The Interview,” and Constance Wu.

There you have it for the update on “Fresh Off the Boat,” which premieres on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).

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