Fresh Off the Boat 2×11 ‘Year of the Rat’: Little red envelopes


It seems like it’s been far too long since we’ve seen the Huangs, but thankfully ABC decided to bring them back, and with their return came a cultural lesson with their Chinese New Year’s episode. Fresh Off the Boat is always teaching us something new, as good sitcoms do – but this one went above and beyond and even poked fun at non-Chinese people asking way too many questions.

With Chinese New Year coming around, the Huangs were getting ready to head back to DC to celebrate with their family. Jessica was excited for the luck and wealth that comes with a new year. The boys, well they wanted all the little red envelopes filled with cash. Their parents were horrible at giving these, leaving them empty with nothing more than some wise words on the back. So they were busy planning what they were going to spend their money on; Jordan’s and a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. Sadly though, new shoes and treats were not in their future as Louis almost ruined everything when he messed up the date of their flight. I couldn’t help but sympathize with Jessica about forgetting to double check. As someone who takes the organization reins in her relationship, I know all too well what it’s like to have to be on top of every little thing. Just when you think you can let your guard down – NOPE.


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With their trip off, they sought out more Chinese people. They were very unlucky when they came across an Asian American Association that was void of any Chinese members, had white dudes covered in Chinese writing they both thought meant something it did not (you know how that goes) and of course – a male stripped in a dragon costume. To me it looked more like an alligator. Meanwhile the boys figured that with their parents giving them nothing but wise words, they only had grandma to rely on for their envelopes and started sucking up.

Feeling horrible about the flight, Louis got all this friends and employees to band together to put on their own version of Chinese New Year. At first Jessica seemed ecstatic and then everyone kept asking never ending questions and she was drained. It’s the thought that counts and it was heartwarming to see everyone come together for the Huangs and their traditions. Oh, and the boys got some cash from grandma but it wasn’t enough for Eddie’s Jordans; sadly.

With that, what family/holiday traditions mean the most in your lives? Mine will always be watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer around Christmas. Let us know yours!

Kendra Beltran

Lives somewhere in between reality and believing she’ll marry Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. After two years of stress thanks to a job she grew to hate, she left and focused 90% of her attention on the one thing that had been her right hand man since she was 13; writing. Currently she writes often for Fandomania, Roni Reports, MTV Geek and her own music blog, Golden Mixtape.

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