Week 5 Blog 10/28/2015

In this weeks Fresh Off the Boat, I found many interesting points to discuss, from Halloween to Jessica challenging certain stereotypes of Asian Women. First of all, it is important to note that as an Asian American child, I rarely ever celebrated Halloween within my household. However, I did celebrate with my friends and parents, I was never accompanied by my parents. Every Halloween, my house would receive a couple of doorbells, but we would have to tell them that we don’t have any candy, and they would just leave. Although I do remember some years where instead of telling them that we have no candy, we gave them Asian candy instead. In Fresh Off the Boat, it is shown that Louis is a huge fan of Halloween and would do anything to create a memorable experience for himself and his family. Unlike their family, my parents never had an interest in Halloween and would never dress up in costumes. Watching this episode, it is nice to see Fresh Off the Boat incorporate American traditions into a Asian household. I believe that in doing so, future Asian American families, or families that are influenced by Fresh Off the Boat will be more engaged with Halloween, allowing their child to experience the full extent of Halloween.

Another point that was brought up in this episode was the importance of family. In my family, family is viewed as a priority and should be on top among everything else. When Louis, Eddie, and the boys abandon their Halloween (briefly) to support Jessica, bolsters the point that family is an essential element within Asian families.

Focusing more on the side conflict happening in this weeks episode, Jessica versus the teen boys, we see Constance Wu, once again, depicting the strong, bold, and traditional Chinese mom. Her personality as Jessica challenges the stereotypes of submissive and vulnerable Asian women. In this weeks episode, Constance Wu approaches the car in order to retrieve the final paper work for their house–the contractor or worker standing beside Jessica and Honey was too afraid to retrieve it due to his insecurities that the teen boys might exploit. Unafraid and deeming the contractor’s words silly and crazy decides to retrieve it herself. The boys, noticing Jessica crossing over, criticizes her pants. This is where the portrayal of a strong and bold Asian women is shown. Instead of ignoring the insult and succumbing to their words, she lashes back and says “Hey! Shut your mouth! Nobody cares what you have to say!”. Additionally, later in the show, we are presented with another scene where Constance as Jessica is conveying the message that Asian women are not submissive and weak. In this scene, Jessica’s car is shown to have been vandalized by the group of teen boys. After a small dispute with Honey, Jessica realizes the graffiti to be something more than a rocket ship. Upon this revelation, she decides to take physical action, but was ultimately stopped by Honey. This scene reiterates that Asian women are not weak and will not succumb to oppression from men or others,


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