‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Wasn’t Perfect, but It Was Radical in Its Own Way

The family sitcom confronted Asian American stereotypes but struggled to live up to expectations

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The idea that a film or series should be worthwhile simply because it addresses a stereotype seems too low of a bar.

The inventory of Asian American stories continues to grow, so viewers will likely gravitate toward offerings that feel more current than a family sitcom set in the 90s and 2000s.

Wesley is an LA-based screenwriter and occasional freelancer. He has published in The Washington Post, Slate, Catapult, Salon, and Curbed.

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