Alyssa Manansala

Representation, Identity, and Allyship in Fresh off the Boat and Master of None

For months, I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop with Netflix and Hulu open, scrolling through thought pieces, trying to resolve my conflicting feelings about Eddie Huang, Fresh off the Boat, allyship, and Asian American representation in relationship to intersectional feminism and identity. Like anyone who grew up on TV and the Internet, I look to shows and films for reflections of life that bears some resemblance to mine. My older brother and I grew up as second-generation children of Filipino immigrant parents in the suburbs of San Francisco, where Asian families abounded.