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'Fresh Off The Boat' Makes Timely Statement On Asian-American Identity. Here's Why It Matters In 2016.

Over the duration of its two seasons, ABC’s family comedy, “Fresh Off The Boat” ? the first television show about an Asian-American family in over 20 years ? has continually asked complicated questions about the Asian-American experience in a country that prefers cultural assimilation over true integration and celebration. From Eddie Huang, the oldest son of the family, being called a “chink” by a classmate in the pilot episode, to Eddie’s mother, Jessica Huang openly wondering if their assimilation into American society has diluted her family’s Taiwanese heritage, the show acutely reflects contemporary anxieties that Asian-Americans grapple with today.
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