05/ 02/ 2015
Eddie Huang’s voice is one that I am happy to see representing Asian Americans in pop culture. Read more about him and Fresh Off The Boat here.
Huang feels that by adulterating the specificity of his childhood in the pursuit of universal appeal, the show was performing a kind of “reverse yellowface” — telling white American stories with Chinese faces. He doesn’t want to purchase mainstream accessibility at the expense of the distinctiveness of his lived experiences, though he is aware of how acutely Asian-Americans hunger for any kind of cultural recognition. “Culturally, we are in an ice age,” he said. “We don’t even have fire. We don’t even have the wheel. If this can be the first wheel, maybe others can make three more.”
Then, he added, “we can get an axle and build a rice rocket.”