Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 8: “The Vouch” Original airdate November 21, 2017. Synopsis: Jessica finally completes her novel, A Case of a Knife to the Brain, and Louis hates it but doesn’t want to hurt her feelings or discourage her. She puts him in a difficult spot, asking him to pass her manuscript to Kenny Rogers, who will be in Orlando to visit Kenny Rogers’s Michael Bolton’s Cattleman’s Ranch. Eddie and his friends […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 7: “The Day After Thanksgiving” Original airdate November 14, 2017. Synopsis: Grandma: still taking an ESL course. Louis: invites the ESL teacher to Thanksgiving dinner. Jessica: agrees to host Thanksgiving dinner so she and Honey can use Grandma’s chair on Black Friday. Eddie and Emery: take Evan to his first R-rated movie (I Know What You Did Last Summer). Evan: gets spooked and takes a little trip to […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 6: “A League of Her Own” Original airdate November 7, 2017. Synopsis: Nicole comes out to Honey and Jessica, sort of by mistake, but Honey handles it admirably, as do the other patrons of the Denim Turtle where it happens. Jessica handles it well too, although she’s adorably mystified that lesbianism even exists. Now she’s stressed about telling her father. Louis is amped about the start of another […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 5: “Four Funerals and a Wedding” Original airdate October 31, 2017. Synopsis: Louis is determined to help Jessica and her father establish a closer relationship before it’s too late. Emery continues to deal with his bad luck. Evan amends his will. Rad: There are some laugh-aloud throw-away lines here. I thought for a moment I was watching The Simpsons instead. The paper-thin B and C stories mean there’s really only […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 4: “It’s a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang” Original airdate October 24, 2017. Synopsis: (deep breath) Louis, as always, is stoked about Halloween and he’s got Seinfeld-themed costumes planned for his whole family but the rest of the Huangs have other plans. He still has hope for Evan, who agrees to hang out with his dad and pass out candy, but then sneaks off to Deidre’s grown-ups party. Eddie […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 3: “Kids” Original airdate October 17, 2017. Synopsis: Jessica and Louis discover (to their amazement) that Eddie is responsible enough to be left alone in the house, and since he’s the last one to reach this level of maturity, they are now out of Kids Prison. They break out the nice furniture and make plans to go out for more than a hurried dinner. However, Honey and Marvin […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 2: “The First Day” Original airdate October 10, 2017. Synopsis: (deep breath) It’s the first day of school for the Huang boys. Eddie gets a little insecure when he sees the jocks flirting with Alison, so he tries out for the football team without his mom’s permission. Emery is excited to finally have middle school to himself, now that Eddie’s in high school, but the charmed life he […] Continue »
Inspired by frightening favorites like The Twilight Zone, the first animated series about Filipino horror folklore, Umbra will feature creatures and monsters from traditional Filipino folklore retold in the modern-day Philippines. The series includes stories about a flesh-eating, shape-shifting monster; the lost soul of a dead bride looking for a new husband to join her in death; and the conquest to destroy a murderous mermaid. I’m not into horror, but I’m down for anything bringing […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 1: “B as in Best Friends” Season 4 premiere airs tonight, October 3, 2017 on ABC. Synopsis: (deep breath) The Huangs have moved out of the new home they decided they don’t like. They’re homeless because their former landlord has already leased their old place to a guy played by Chris Elliott. Honey and Marvin invite them to stay over as long as they’d like until they get […] Continue »
From a racial perspective, the reality TV shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette has been somewhat contorversial, considering that for most of the TV series existence, both shows has been pretty white. And 8Asians has covered this issue with blog posts such as: Where Are The Asians In The Bachelor/The Bachelorette? ‘The Bachelor’ Creator Defends All-White Cast Wong Fu Productions does an *awesome* and hilarious parody of the shows and highlights a lot of the […] Continue »
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 »
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