PBS NewsHour Weekend recently reported on the new ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” based on the memoir of celebrity chef Eddie Huang. When the show premiered earlier this month, it was the first time in more than 20 years that a sitcom centered around an Asian-American family.
According to a Nielsen report, Asians are the fastest growing group in the U.S., having grown 58 percent from 2000 to 2013. Why did it take so long for a network to air a television show focused on this growing demographic? Can a sitcom portray Asian-Americans while avoiding stereotypes? Will greater diversity in TV lineups lead to increased diversity across the media industry?
We invited you to join the conversation on Twitter. Executive producer of “Fresh Off The Boat” Nahnatchka Khan (@FreshOffABC) shared her insights, along with producer Melvin Mar (@chineseguy88). Jeff Yang (@originalspin), a Wall Street Journal columnist and father of the show’s lead actor, 11-year-old Hudson Yang, also weighed in. Read a transcript of the discussion below.