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Randall Park and Eddie Huang Explain What It Takes for an Asian Guy to Get Laid in Hollywood

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 4, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 4, 2015 |

Fresh Off the Boat premieres on ABC tonight, and I’m excited about the new sitcom for a number of reasons: It’s the first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years (since the failure of Margaret Cho’s All American Girl); creator Eddie Huang (upon whose memoir the show is based) is protective enough of it to publicly call one one of people responsible for marketing the series on Twitter a “mouth-breathing psycho” for tweeting out an offensive infographic; and because the reviews, so far, have actually been pretty good.

I am excited enough about Fresh Off the Boat, in fact, that I have actually sought to find out more about the series and the man behind it, Eddie Huang. That brought me to a recent Joe Rogan podcast with Huang and Randall Park (The Interview), who plays the Dad in Fresh Off the Boat.

I don’t typically listen to Joe Rogan’s podcast (in fact, this was a first for me) — he’s not my thing, and all I will say about the podcast, overall, is that Huang is more like Rogan than I expected (whether that’s good or bad is a matter of opinion, but I have learned not to express my opinion about Rogan online because he has a following that will sniff out it and turn comments sections into verbal prison breaks). Meanwhile, Randall Park revealed himself to be an amazing nice, cool, funny, down-to-Earth guy, and now I want the show to succeed on his behalf (and for his part, Park said that he had to play middle man a lot on the series and help find a middle ground between the network and Huang, and based on what I now know about Huang, a middle ground is probably appropriate).

Anyway, there was a funny and insightful exchange about the sex lives of Asian characters on the show, which began when Randall Park suggested that, if his character in Fresh off the Boat were to have an accent, it would’ve doomed him to being a one-dimensional character, which is why Park rejected an accent.

The conversation then turned to how Asian men in Hollywood are never sexualized, and the conversation began to echo a passage in Huang’s book about how Asian men never get laid.

“Yo, you notice Asian people never get any p*ssy in movies? Jet Li rescued Aliyah, no p*ssy! Chow Yun-Fat saves Mira Sorvino, no p*ssy. Chris Tucker gets mu-shu, but Jackie Chan? No p*ssy!”

That’s a passage that Jezebel actually highlighted recently to demonstrate the weakness in Huang’s memoir: He can be demeaning to women, reducing them to trophies and conquests.

But Randall Park at least tried to soften the misogyny and express that in a less demeaning manner.

Rogan: How come [Jackie] Chan never got to fuck or finger bang? Everyone is afraid of the Yellow Man.


Park: [Remember] Romeo Must Die? That was a huge moment for Asian kids. You remember? Jet Li and Aaliyah?

Huang: If he could’ve just made out with Aaliyah, I swear my sex life would’ve tripled. I would’ve got triple the numbers.

Park: (kind of brushing off Huang) And we were sitting in that theater, and they don’t even shake hands! And that’s Romeo and Juliet. They didn’t even shake hands!

Rogan: Except for The Walking Dead, that’s the only time an Asian guy wins.

Huang: Yeah, but that’s the thing. There had to be a zombie apocalypse for an Asian dude to get some p*ssy. That dude had to be the last motherfucker.

Rogan: [Shitty things about how white men want to bang Cohan because she’s the hottest character on The Walking Dead] … That’s a big win for Asian culture.

Huang: Yeah, we caught one there.

Putting aside the sexism, it’s true, isn’t it? Asian men really are depicted as asexual in most movies and television shows, aren’t they? Except for John Cho in Selfie, of course, which may be why he’s so often confused with The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun: They’re the only two Asian guys on television who are actually allowed to have sex.

Hopefully, Randall Park can help change that — in a respectful way — on Fresh off the Boat, which premieres tonight.

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