So what do Asian Americans watch on TV? USA Today analyzed Nielsen data for most of the first half of 2017 and came up with the data shown above. I was personally was surprised that it was so divergent compared to other major American ethnic groups. America’s Got Talent as the most popular Asian American show? Really? Why so different? The article mentions possible causes for the differences, such as Asian Americans averaging less than […] Continue »
Recently, I had blogged about HBO’s Silicon Valley portrayal of Asian stereotypes, specifically about how I was not a fan of the character Jian-Yang. One character I did forget to mention, was the venture capitalist (VC) Ed Chen, who is portrayed by actor Tim Chiou. Ed Chen comes across as any other douche bag, venture capitalist “Silicon Valley bro.” Chen could be of any race – but he’s not a stereotypical geeky Asian American, and in fact, in […] Continue »
Note: this discusses a little bit of the current season – so possible spoilers if you haven’t been watching. When I saw this headline on Facebook, I wondered why no one had written about this yet. I’m a fan of HBO’s Silicon Valley, but not a fan of the character Jian-Yang. I find Jian-Yang’s accent a bit extreme and his behavior a bit too bizarre and weird. He kind of makes me feel the same way […] Continue »
With the end of the 2016 – 2017 traditional broadcast network television season ending, it’s been an amazing season for Asian Americans – with two Asian American family show sitcoms into their second and third seasons with Dr. Ken and Fresh Off The Boat respectively. Unfortunately, Dr. Ken won’t be around in the fall for a third season. However, I did want to highlight one aspect of the television season for both sitcoms that really stood […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 23: “This Isn’t Us” Original airdate May 15, 2017. Microsynopsis: The Huangs move out of their rental, to the sadness of Honey, Marvin, and Eddie’s crew. The boys agree to get matching tattoos to symbolize their brotherhood, but Eddie soon discovers that the bike ride from his new house to his old ‘hood is longer than it looks. Louis is also taken aback by the distance he now […] Continue »
Well, you win some and you lose some … On the same day, I learned that Fresh Off The Boat was renewed for it’s fourth season and Dr. Ken was canceled after it’s second season: “While not a ratings breakout, the show [‘Fresh Off The Boat’] has held up reasonably well across its three seasons. The third season is averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 4 million viewers per episode.” “Dr. Ken also […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 22: “This Is Us” Original airdate May 9, 2017. Microsynopsis: Michael Bolton offers to buy Louis’s restaurant. It’s tempting because it would allow the Huangs to buy their home, but since it’s not part of the Louis-and-Jessica “life plan,” Louis rejects the proposal. Jessica tries to get Evan admitted to St. Orlando’s, the city’s most selective private school (where Dr. Johnny Fever is headmaster). Eddie and his friends […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 21: “Pie vs. Cake” Original airdate May 2, 2017. Microsynopsis: Evan learns that his school has a debate team, and the prospect of “extra homework” combined with impressing his mother are enough to get him excited about joining. When he emerges as (seemingly) a better arguer than Jessica, their relationship is tested, and Jessica goes through another identity crisis. Eddie and Emery stop talking to one another when […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 20: “The Masters” Original airdate April 18, 2017. Microsynopsis: When Jessica learns that Tiger Woods is half Asian, she muses that she and Earl Woods are similar in parenting style, and she’s sure she has what it takes to raise the next Tiger. Louis takes exception to Jessica’s claim that his parenting style is more reminiscent of Kultida, Tiger’s mom, and therefore less effective. To settle the issue, they […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 19: “Driving Miss Jenny” Original airdate April 11, 2017. Microsynopsis: Louis is uncomfortable with how much independence Grandma is asserting now that she has her power chair. He gets a little protective and follows her around (when lying to her about the insurance not covering her chair doesn’t work). Jessica and Emery confront Emery’s overly sentimental attachment to mementos. Evan hires Eddie to help with Evan’s house-sitting business, […] Continue »
While watching the local evening news recently, I came across this new Panda Express commercial promoting their latest dish, Five Flavor Shrimp: “Five quality ingredients. Five delicious flavors. Experience the moment when premium shrimp, green beans, red bell pepper and white onion come together in our five flavor sauce in our new TV spot” I’m a big fan of shrimp, so that definitely caught my eye – especially since the dish looked simple enough for […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 18: “Time to Get Ill” Original airdate April 4, 2017. Microsynopsis: Jessica comes down with the flu, a phenomenon so foreign to the Huangs that Eddie can’t remember it ever happening before. After first refusing to believe she’s taken ill, Jessica relents and puts herself to bed. The Huang men take advantage of not being under Jessica’s constant gaze and order the pay-per-view Battle of the Swamp Creatures […] Continue »
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