Journalist Asks 'Fresh Off The Boat' Stars About Chopsticks

Journalist Asks 'Fresh Off The Boat' Stars About Chopsticks

Chopsticks? Really?

The upcoming ABC series "Fresh of the Boat" is being billed as potentially groundbreaking moment for pop culture by focusing on an Asian-American family. But at a panel event during Wednesday’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the cast and creative team were asked about... chopsticks.

“I wanted to ask the question: I love Asian culture. And I was just talking about chopsticks, and I just love all that," the unnamed reporter said, according to Deadline. "Will I get to see that, or will it be more Americanized?”

"It’s more about chopsticks,” star chef/entrepreneur Eddie Huang replied sarcastically. Huang's memoir of the same title is the basis of the show.

Wait till Episode 5, it’s all about chopsticks,” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan said, according to EW.

The next questioner tried to defuse the situation with a little humor.

Will we be seeing fortune cookies?” the critic asked.

But it was too late. On Twitter, the reaction was swift:

Will there be chopsticks in the show? For real?!
ABC's #FreshOffTheBoat panel gets awkward real quick @MrEddieHuang

— Jennifer Jajeh (@jenjajeh) January 15, 2015

Reporter asks #FreshOffTheBoat panel if there'll be chopsticks, making me really afraid America's still not ready for an Asian sitcom. #smh

— Jessica Wong (@jpuiwong) January 15, 2015

Earlier this week, Huang wrote a piece for New York Magazine in which he expressed doubt in the ability of network television to be faithful to his story.

However, on Wednesday, he promised a show with some edge.

“To deal with the word ‘chink’ in the pilot episode of a comedy on network television is borderline genius and insane at the same time,” Huang said, according to The Wrap.

"Fresh Off The Boat" debuts on Feb. 4.

Before You Go

DH Lawrence's book, banned until 1963, gets a big-budget reworking from the BBC as part of its 20th-century literature season. L'homme du jour James Norton is a war-wounded Sir Clifford Chatterley, unable to satisfy his luscious Lady, played by Holliday Grainger. Where does she turn instead? Step forward Mellors, played here by 'Game of Thrones' star Richard Madden. Script by 'Line of Duty' scribe Jed Mercurio.
Based on the prizewinning novels by Hilary Mantel, this six-parter has had a reported £6million spent on it, no doubt most of the budget on costume and cast - including Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Mark Gatiss, etc etc. The books' devoted fans will be watching every frame of Thomas Cromwell's rise and fall at the court of Henry VIII. The BBC will not want to disappoint. Starts 21 January 9pm on BBC Two.
Back to the lapping shores and palm-fringed breezes of Saint-Marie for the fourth series of this 'Midsomer-On-Sea' ratings winner. Now Humphrey Goodman has realised his feelings for a colleague are more than professional, chaos will surely ensure. Meanwhile, there's a murder - during a seance - to be solved.
Those with an unsatiable urge for some political drama will find their cup running over in the New Year. As well as the third series of 'House of Cards' dropping onto Netflix in February, there's 'Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni as a former CIA analyst promoted to the US Secretary of State, with Keith Carradine her boss in the Oval Office. Exec produced by Morgan Freeman, this series is going down well in the US, will appear on Sky Living from early in the New Year.
Haven't had enough of Gillian Anderson after the creepy finale of The Fall? Fear not, she's back in action in 'Crisis' on Watch Channel, where she plays a Washington CEO, whose daughter is kidnapped along with the President's. 'Crisis' has been cancelled in the US, which means, on the bright side, we'll get the cracking finale we were denied in 'Homeland Series 1'. Starts on Friday at 9pm.
This is the highly-anticipated spin off from the phenomenon that was 'Breaking Bad'. Bob Odenkirk plays Saul Goodman in this prequel to his antics with Walter White, although those later events will also get plenty of reference. Coming to Netflix shortly after its February premiere on AMC in the US.
One of those rare shows that gets better as time goes on, 'The Good Wife' enters its sixth season with its lead actress Julianna Margulies polishing her latest Emmy, and her character Alicia debating whether to run for State Attorney. To be aired sometime this January on More4.
Seeing as it worked so well with 'The Killing' and 'The Office', US studio execs did the same with 'Broadchurch', turning it into 'Gracepoint' and promising a different ending. Which we'll be able to see for ourselves when it boomerangs back across the pond to ITV sometime in January. It didn't have anything like the same cachet as the homegrown version, but worth watching if just for David Tennant's American accent.
A drama about gay men being, well, gay... suddenly becomes interesting with news that it's from Russell T Davies, the provocative, witty, creative force who brought us 'Queer as Folk' and the whole universe of 'Doctor Who' and 'Torchwood'. He wanted to write something real, and he has.
Two (real-life) years after the mystery of Danny Latimer's murder was solved, we're back in the community still devastated by his death - including detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), who must rally because there's another crime to solve. Writer Chris Chibnall has installed the same rules of non-disclosure as for the first time around, but can the return to the coastside town possibly have the same impact on a nation of gripped viewers?

Popular in the Community