Fresh off the Boat

Asian Womanhood in Pop Culture: The Roundup

Jessica, Eddie, and Emery help unpack in Florida

Check out all of the posts for our Asian Womanhood in Pop Culture Theme Week here.

Why ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Is Kind of a Big Deal

DIVERSITY, SON

So, in a world where people think you don’t have to cast Asians to play Asian parts, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ gives hope that maybe Asian kids or mixed kids like me will actually see a sitcom and see themselves a little. And maybe if it’s a success, more shows and better casting will follow.

Not Everybody Is Kung Fu Fighting

Chiaki Kuriyama as Gogo Yubari

Western audiences aren’t interested in the talking points though; they just want to fast-forward to the action. They glorify the violence and exotify Chinese culture, while completely missing out the subtle, important messages of martial arts training: values like discipline, hard work, and how your training and skills aren’t used to harm others, but to better yourself.

‘Fresh Off the Boat’s Jessica Huang Is Loud, Abrasive, Intense, and Exactly What We Need

Fresh Off the Boat’s Jessica Huang, played by Constance Wu

I don’t want to jump the gun here, since the show has only been on now for a month and a half, but Jessica Huang might just be my new favorite female character. Why? Because she is hilarious, brilliant, incredibly sarcastic, and because she refuses to let anyone get away with anything. Basically, because I see myself in her and I love it. What can I say? I’m naturally egotistical.

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

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Recommended

Check out what we’ve been reading this week–and let us know what you’ve been reading/writing in the comments!

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

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Check out what we’ve been reading this week–and let us know what you’ve been reading/writing in the comments!