By Shobana Modur, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator
Photos courtesy of AALEAD staff
Last Wednesday evening, a couple of DC AALEAD students and staff were invited to attend a special screening of the upcoming television series, “Fresh off the Boat” at the Newseum. It is the first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years! Based off Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same title, “Fresh off the Boat” tells the story of a Taiwanese family moving from their home in Washington, D.C. to Orlando, FL and their struggles of assimilating.
This hilarious comedy hits issues that AALEADers often explore, such as embracing their identity and finding a balance between American and our family’s culture. After the preview, a few members of the cast and Eddie Huang took the stage to discuss the origins of the show, the challenges faced by AAPI actors, and how this story will hopefully break Asian-American stereotypes. Shortly afterwards, it was time for the reception where our starstruck AALEADers took pictures with Eddie Huang. It was a very fun night!
Make sure to watch Fresh off the Boat airing Tuesday, February 10th at 8 pm on ABC!