Los Angeles leaders honored the creative team behind the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” Tuesday as part of the city’s recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
The sitcom, which is about the adventures of a Taiwanese family living in Orlando, Florida, is in its third season and is based on a memoir by Eddie Huang, a restaurateur and attorney.
“Fresh Off the Boat” has received high praise from critics, with a 91 percent “fresh” rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes, and is the first major network sitcom to star Asian-Americans in more than 20 years.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and City Councilman David Ryu all spoke at the City Council meeting while declaring it “Fresh Off the Boat Day.”
“We have come a very long way, and today’s celebration showcases our city’s diverse tapestry and reaffirms our commitment to the inclusion of all people, no matter your race, background or immigration status,” said Ryu.
Cast members Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong and Chelsey Crisp were in attendance to receive the honor, along with executive producers Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar.
Park, who grew up in Los Angeles, said, “Rarely did I get to see my unique Asian-American experience reflected in the movies or on TV. Occasionally a trail would be blazed by someone like Pat Morita or Margaret Cho, but the perspectives coming out of Hollywood remained and still remains predominately one-sided, so for me it is an honor that we are being recognized for our show that is helping to change things.”
—City News Service
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