Podcasts and Eddie Huang

There are times when I feel I’m getting too much of something. Lately, it’s been, a lot of  Eddie Huang. Everywhere I turn I see or hear him. He’s everywhere and I kinda like it.

Recently I listened to an NPR podcast called What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito. The topics have been broader than I expected, and it’s been refreshing to listen to these guys banter with each other and conduct interviews with their guests. But, for my first listen to What’s Good was with Eddie Huang. He talked about his book “Fresh Off The Boat”, which led to the creation of a TV show of the same title. They discussed his show on Vineland, Huang’s World.

One of the ideas that Eddie Huang communicates, which really resonates with me, is the idea that you can look at a plate of food and learn about the culture of a region. I think about that when ever I cook food I think my mother and grandmother would appreciate. His shows also remind me of another truth about myself, I am first born-first generation American and that come with some built in straddling of cultures.

BuzzFeed Made Me Cry

Generally I go to BuzzFeed to laugh at something or checkout something related to music. Then they hit me with  a video about kids of asian parents thanking them for the sacrifices they made for them. I couldn’t help but to think of my parents and grandparents.

The bit about students loans hit me the hardest. My mom and dad said the same thing to me.

MTV, Grief and My Grandparents

imagesI’m sitting at home enjoying episodes of Ridiculousness on MTV and missing my grandparents. I realize how odd this must sound, but this show was put in front of me after my grandmothers funeral.

Venn DiagramAfter spending a week with my grandmother, where I watched as she slipped away from us. I boarded a plane hoping to just be able to sleep for a few hours. Instead I watched about four hours of this show, and laughed so hard I cried. It helped that I had just spent the past four days dealing with loss to prime the pump for tears.

Somehow this show and my grandparents are linked in my mind. So I will enjoy the show and the memories of my grandparents.IMG_3683