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The Greene Space at WNYC presents Preview Screenings of ABC’s FRESH OFF THE BOAT; Conversation with Amy Chua, Awkwafina & Jay Smooth, moderated by Jeff Yang

Updated on 2/9/15.

"Fresh Off the Boat" (Photo: ABC)

“Fresh Off the Boat” (Photo: ABC)

On Monday, February 9 at 7pm, The Greene Space at WNYC will present an advance screening of two episodes of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, this season’s buzzed about new TV show and the first sitcom in two decades to feature an Asian American family on primetime.

Amy Chua, Jay Smooth, Awkwafina and Jeff Yang during a live streamed talk about Fresh Off the Boat at WNYC at The Greene Space on February 9, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Amy Chua, Jay Smooth, Awkwafina and Jeff Yang during a live streamed talk about Fresh Off the Boat at WNYC at The Greene Space on February 9, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The screening will be followed by a conversation featuring author and Yale Law professor Amy Chua (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and The Triple Package), hiphop artist Awkwafina (MTV’s “Girl Code”) and Jay Smooth (host of WBAI’s “Underground Railroad” and the Ill Doctrine videoblog). Jeff Yang, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and father of the show’s 11 year-old star Hudson Yang, will moderate. The talk was live streamed and can be viewed here.

#FreshOffTheBoat star Hudson Yang with his father Jeff Yang  at the #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC on February 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

#FreshOffTheBoat star Hudson Yang with his father Jeff Yang at the #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC on February 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Fresh Off the Boat, which is loosely based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir, follows a Chinese family that has recently moved to a mostly white suburb in Florida. The two episodes, which will air on ABC the following night, center around a block party to celebrate NASCAR and an out-of-control family rivalry.

WHAT:                 FRESH OFF THE BOAT: A Preview Screening and Conversation with Amy Chua, Awkwafine & Jay Smooth

WHERE:               The Greene Space at WNYC

44 Charlton Street @ Varick Street

WHEN:                 Monday, February 9 at 7pm

TICKETS:             $10 for seat for talkback and a Baohaus bao.

Amy Chua. Photo by Lia Chang

Amy Chua. Photo by Lia Chang

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She received both her A.B. and her J.D. from Harvard University and was the first Asian American Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After a stint on Wall Street, Professor Chua joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times bestseller and selected by both The Economist and the U.K.’s Guardian as a Best Book of 2003. She is also the author of Day of Empire (2007) and the 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a runaway international bestseller translated into 30 languages. Her latest New York Times bestseller, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups, is coauthored with Jed Rubenfeld. Professor Chua has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose, and Real Time With Bill Maher. She has addressed numerous policymaking institutions, including the World Bank, the Brookings Institution, the CIA, and the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2011 Professor Chua was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and one of the Atlantic Monthly’s Brave Thinkers. She also received the Yale Law School’s “Best Teaching” award. She tweets @amychua.

Awkwafina. Photo by Lia Chang

Awkwafina. Photo by Lia Chang

Queens native Awkwafina is a rapper, YouTube star, contributor to MTV’s “Girl Code” and all around funny lady. She tweets @awkwafina.

Jay Smooth. Photo by Lia Chang

Jay Smooth. Photo by Lia Chang

Jay Smooth hosts Ill Doctrine, a hip-hop video blog, and is the founder of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s “Underground Railroad.” He tweets @jsmooth995

Jeff Yang. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeff Yang. Photo by Lia Chang

Moderator Jeff Yang is Wall Street Journal Online columnist and father of 11-year old “Fresh Off the Boat” star Hudson Yang. He tweets @originalspin.

New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio, as well as and As America’s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City’s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WQXR is New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and Carnegie Hall, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. New Jersey Public Radio extends WNYC’s reach and service more deeply into New Jersey. For more information about New York Public Radio, visit

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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