I share this reflection by Kathy Khang to aid in our conversation on race and its intersections with faith and popular culture. I appreciate the author’s honesty, transparency and perspective. I hope that others will give more thought to the ways in which identifying in America can be a difficult and painful process. But, remember that we are not alone, that there are others who share our story and who will journey with us as we look intently and listen deeply for our true name.
If you haven’t already heard, a new family is hitting the airwaves tomorrow (Wednesday 8:30|7:30c on ABC), and I am excited, nervous, curious, and afraid. It’s not every decade you get to see an Asian American family featured in an episode of a television show, let alone an ENTIRE television series, but that’s what we’re going to get with “Fresh Off the Boat.”
Did I mention I am excited and afraid?
The show is based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same title, and you can read all about the show here. It is the story of an immigrant family experiencing culture shock as they chase after the American dream. I haven’t gotten a sneak peek; I’ve seen what the general public has seen.
And I am hopeful but I am holding my breath.
Eddie’s family looks like mine in the way all East Asians can get lumped together…
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