This a great story on a prank when two Asian American men noticed that Asian Americans weren’t being profiled in some of McDonald’s restaurant’s posters: “Earlier this month, Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toldeo became viral superstars because of a mock poster they created and hung on the wall of a McDonald’s restaurant in Pearland, Texas. It featured themselves in an apparent advertisement for the fast food chain. The image was so convincing that it had reportedly […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 5: “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems” Original airdate November 9, 2018. The ladies will kick it: While going door to door as a U.S. Census volunteer, Evan discovers there’s another Chinese family in the neighborhood (Reggie Lee, Ming-Na Wen, and Jimmy O. Yang). The Huangs and the Lees are overjoyed, but Louis feels his new buddy moving in on his friendship with Marvin, and Jessica becomes disillusioned when Elaine […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 3: “Workin’ the ‘Ween” Original airdate October 20, 2018. It’s the heart afraid of breaking Marvin and Honey ask Louis and Jessica to be their baby’s godparents. Jessica eagerly agrees, mostly so Marvin and Honey can have a date night, leaving the Huangs to babysit on Halloween night, and shutting down Louis’s efforts to persuade Jessica to dress in a couples costume with him. Jessica and Louis are […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 2: “The Hand That Sits the Cradle” Original airdate October 12, 2018. I’m goin’ out tonight: Jessica volunteers to take care of Honey’s zuo yue zi (“sitting the month,” which I just learned is a thousand-year-old tradition). Her insistence on Honey’s taking it easy makes Honey suspicious, overheated, and wine-deprived. She has a feeling Jessica is compensating for something. Louis takes advantage of Jessica’s being at Honey’s house for a […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 1: “Fresh Off the RV” (season premiere) Airs tonight, October 5, 2018 at 8:00. It’s the end of summer, 1998 in Fresh Off the Boat time, and it’s time for Honey to have her child, and it’s time for Marvin to give up his sports car, and it’s time for Jessica’s novel A Case of a Knife to the Brain to finally see its release. Nicole and Eddie have […] Continue »
by Tim Lounibos It’s an amazing time The past several weeks have been absolutely amazing for the Asian American entertainment industry. Crazy Rich Asians blew past $100 million at the box office in less than three weeks, becoming the most successful rom-com in almost a decade on its way to surely cracking the top ten all-time list for that genre. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a huge success on Netflix to the […] Continue »
By Nako Narter What does it mean to be an Asian American child in Trump’s America? New episodes are still rolling out for comedian Kristina Wong’s Radical Cram School, a web series featuring not merely a cast of Asian kids, but a diverse cast of Asian kids, with one identifying as gender fluid, and nearly half of mixed race. This series is this generation’s (and for lack of precedent, every generation’s) answer to how to be […] Continue »
By Tim Lounibos Major strides (25 years ago) Twenty-five years ago, an Asian American industry movement seemed imminent. I was young and returned from Hong Kong as the lead in Clara Law’s Wonton Soup. Major strides were being made with the successful releases of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Map of The Human Heart, The Joy Luck Club, All-American Girl (highest-ranked new series of the season), and Vanishing Son. My acting success was directly entwined with this movement. From summer ’93 to spring […] Continue »
It’s not the ’90s without the Huang family. #FreshOffTheBoat is returning for Season 5! 🎊 pic.twitter.com/IKGpOZK9bD — Fresh off the Boat (@FreshOffABC) May 11, 2018 Aaaaaaaaand EXhale. I’m often optimistic to a fault. A Pollyanna. An extreme benefit-of-the-doubt-giver. Yet if I’d had to bet, I would have lost this one. I thought things were looking horribly grim for Fresh Off the Boat’s chances at a fall return. First there was an uncharacteristic lack of advance late-season […] Continue »
I’m a big fan of Stephen Colbert and saw that Jimmy O. Yang, of HBO Silicon Valley fame, was going to be on the show, I was curious as to learn more about him. As I’ve blogged before, I am not a big fan of his character on Silicon Valley, but I was open to learning more about him and was pleasantly surprised that he came to the U.S. at age 13 from Hong Kong, was not […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 19: “King in the North” Original airdate March 20, 2018. Synopsis: Honey needs time away from home to relax and get ready for the baby, so Jessica tricks her into going north to Maine (instead of south to the Keys) in pursuit of a book jacket blurb from Stephen King for A Case of a Knife to the Brain. Louis orders a new sign for Louis Huang’s Cattleman’s Ranch […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 18: “Measure Twice, Cut Once” Original airdate March 13, 2018. Synopsis: Louis has second thoughts about buying Kenny Rogers’s half of Kenny Rogers’s Michael Bolton’s Cattleman’s Ranch. This frustrates Jessica, who’s sure it’s a good deal. Jessica accuses Louis of always overthinking decisions in his life, and she flies her psychic to Orlando from D.C. to spur Louis into action. Evan gives up Live with Regis and Kathie Lee […] Continue »
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