You guys, it’s Tuesday.
You know what that means.
Yes, a new episode of #FreshOffTheBoat.
I can’t wait to watch it with my daughters tonight.
Last Thursday I took a whirlwind trip to Burbank, CA to meet with Nahnatchka Khan, writer and executive producer; Kourtney Kang, co-executive producer and writer; Melvin Mar, executive producer; and Randall Park, the actor who plays Louis Huang.
If you’ve read my earlier posts about Fresh Off the Boat, you know that I was very nervous about the show. I had seen commercials in the Fall, and every time one of the commercials came on, I was filled with dread. I was so worried we’d be made fun of, misunderstood, or just stereotyped, yet again. Thankfully, and refreshingly so, not the case on Fresh Off the Boat. Last Thursday, I also met people who are truly good at what they do, and sincere in their work to tell character driven stories, that make people laugh.
It was a treat to be invited with a group of bloggers to preview tonight’s episode. After the preview we gathered in round table interviews. It was so interesting to learn about the process, and hear more about how the show came to be.
When you first meet Nahnatchka Khan, you immediately feel comfortable. She has this unassuming, warm presence, that makes you want to hang out with her for hours, just to laugh with her. Kourtney Kang was so gracious to take the time to meet with us. She is seven months pregnant and darling. Some people just look so adorable with a baby bump. Kourtney is one of those. She’s also very warm, and when you pair them together; you have Kourtney’s no-nonsense, with Nahnatchka and her laid back style – and you have the embodiment of Jessica and Louis Huang’s relationship. Comedic gold.
Melvin Mar and Randall Park are just two really cool, legit dudes. They’re both incredibly smart, sharp and friendly. I was impressed at how chill they were. I posted a picture of Randall and I at the event, and one of my friends made a comment that Randall has happy eyes. It’s so true. He’s a positive, family man, who truly enjoys what he does. Melvin is a guy who is doing everything. I don’t know how he had the time to spend with us, he’s so busy producing so many different shows, and it just makes you proud to see fellow Asians rocking the industry with quality work.
Today I want to share with you some of my favorite parts of our question and answer session.
On that moment when Eddie is called a chink in school:
Just be yourself.
Above my computer I have this quote a good friend gave to me. It says, “Do not wish to be anything but what you are. But be that perfectly.”
I love the powerful message of this show. Be you. Don’t apologize for where you came from, who you are, be you. Just you. You are enough. To quote Mark Darcy in Bridget Jone’s Diary, “I like you very much. Just as you are.”
Yo, now bust a move.
If you couldn’t tell, I had a blast. Thank you to ABC/Disney for inviting me. It was lovely.
Fresh Off the Boat airs on Tuesday nights 8/7c on ABC. ABC paid for my round trip flight transportation to Burbank. You can follow Fresh Off The Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All opinions are my own.
Read more coverage of our Fresh Off the Boat experience from my peeps:
- Grace of Hapa Mama “Randall Park and Fresh Off the Boat Producers Meet With Asian Bloggers.”
- TerriAnn of Cookies and Clogs “Fresh Off the Boat Kourtney Kang, Nahnatchka Khan Interview” and “Fresh Off the Boat: Melvin Mar and Randall Park Interview.”
- Thien-Kim of I’m Not the Nanny “Interview with Randall Park & Fresh Off The Boat Producers.”
ps. There’s so much more Nahnatchka, Kourtney, Melvin and Randall shared with us. Stay tuned. I may just reveal more in future posts.