Eddie Huang’s Show on VICE Is Fucking Rad

When I knocked up against Eddie Huang’s blog a few years ago, I thought it writhed and spit like a trapped reptile, offering a critique of white America’s bullshit about Asians and the co-opting (the miserable co-opting) of Asian food. You could imagine Huang finishing several bottle inches of Johnnie Walker as he blogged. It was messy and brilliant.

But then the few times I connected with Huang by phone for an interview, he was thoughtful and soft-spoken—the word “fuck” never came up, not once. I realized that Huang is the kid in high school who hung out in the stoner pit, then one day out of nowhere recites the "tears" speech from King Lear, out of memory. Under all that ferocity, dude has depth.

Huang’s show debuted today on VICE. It’s called Fresh Off the Boat with Eddie Huang—a different 10-minute episode goes live each Monday, three episodes each following Huang around six different cities (New York, Miami, Taiwan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland).

Huang calls it a “cultural show told through the lens of food, putting on human voices that have long gone ignored.” The first episode (embedded below) shows Eddie east of Oakland, trying to shoot rabbits with a biker tribe. Best line (though Huang isn’t the one who utters it): “People who eat meat and aren’t willing to kill an animal are pussies and fuck them.” Looks like Huang has found a way to amplify his blog, something that preserves his intelligence and his voice (let's see if his memoir, which comes out in January, does the same).

An email last week from a VICE publicist put it this way: “Eddie is fucking rad!” After seeing episode 1, I fucking second that.

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