Eddie Huang Serves “a Crumb” to Underrepresented Americans
Eddie Huang: chef, restaurateur, author and TV producer of “Fresh Off the Boat,” says that when he was young, he, “never watched television with Asian-Americans that I related to, or who I thought were real people who I would meet one day.”
It’s this kind of stereotypical depiction, and marginalization of role, that Huang combats with the characters and stories of his TV show. Fresh Off the Boat has steadily gained viewers in its first season, and was the highest rated comedy on Tuesdays.
While many are quick to celebrate the success of this unique program, Huang longs for more avenues of reflecting the way many first and second generation Americans feel in this country. “I think they’ve got a crumb of representation,” he says.
After all, 13% of Americans, or 41.3 million are foreign born. Another 20 million people are second generation Americans, meaning that a total of 19% of the US population do not see their stories in today’s media. While some might see that disparity as a minority, or a shame, Huang clearly sees this as an opportunity.