I want to take this opportunity to speak about an important issue to me; Asian representation in mainstream media. While Asian entertainers, writers, and actors take to YouTube to make their mark respectively, there is still an obvious gap for a positive Asian voice in mainstream media.

When we do have a chance to make our mark on the big screen, we either get stuck with stereotypical roles: the socially awkward nerd, sexually vivacious dragon lady or the goofy foreigner who struggles with Western culture. These characters usually lack any depth or dimension.

Enter: Fresh Off the Boat that debuted on ABC last week.

This refreshing and hilarious take on the American Dream follows a Taiwanese family in the 90's adjusting to their new lives in Orlando after moving from Washington D.C.. This was loosely inspired by the memoirs of restaurateur Eddie Huang.

After finish watching their 1 hour debut last week, I was hungry for more.

There's a great deal of pressure for this show to succeed. The last show that had an all-Asian cast for a sitcom was over twenty years. The last being Margaret Cho's All American Girl (1994).
Though everyone's experiences are different and valid, there are many moments that are relate-able to the Asian immigrant experience. Whether you see yourself, your parents or great aunt (twice removed) in the show, there's a sincere truth portrayed in the characters that has otherwise been absent for Asian Americans.

FOTB shows that the struggle to stay true to yourself is real, regardless of age.
Eddie, the 11 year old protagonist, struggles with fitting in at school where he is one of few POCs. During lunchtime in one scene, Eddie opens his noodles container where his classmates screamed and laughed that "Ying Ming eats worms!"

His mother Jessica, a strong female character who is relentless about caring for her kids or the family business, reluctantly joins a group of gossiping rollerblading moms. Upon meeting Jessica, they were surprised her name wasn't so exotic and were more shocked that Eddie's English is very good (slow emphasis on every word).

Sounds too familiar, doesn't it?

Whether you're Asian or not, this narrative speaks volumes about what it means to be part of the "other". It's important to support this show as it continues to grow and tell an important story on fitting in while staying true to your roots.

Watch it on ABC, Tuesday's at 9pm.