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Boat People of Film and TV

Original air date: Monday, April 06, 2015
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With the new show Fresh Off the Boat making waves on TV, we thought we’d talk with our favorite Asian-American, Unity Online Radio host Evelyn Foreman, from The Call of Spirit, about her experiences. In addition to issues of immigration and multiculturalism, we’ll look at boat journeys in film like Life of Pi and Noah, and at the symbolic meanings of such journeys. Ever heard of the Mayflower? It’s likely we’re almost all descendants of adventurous, faith-filled boat people!

Notes from before the discussion —


Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler[4][5][6] that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. It is the first American television situation comedy starring an Asian-American family as protagonists to air on network primetime since Margaret Cho‘s All American Girl, which aired for one season in 1994.[7] Its style has been compared to the comedy series Everybody Hates Chris.[8] The flashback technique with voice-over narration from the present day is similar to The Wonder Years.The show debuted with two preview episodes on February 4, 2015. The second episode which aired after Modern Family was promoted as a bonus episode and formally premiered in its prime time slot on February 10, 2015.[9] The first of the two preview episodes garnered 7.94 million viewers, becoming the second highest rated comedy premiere this season.[10] The second episode was watched by 7.56 million viewers.

Boat people” desperate immigration: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/magazine/the-impossible-refugee-boat-lift-to-christmas-island.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
My First thought – kinda derogatory term, isn’t it? Strange that it’s advertised after Modern Family – white and Hispanic, Blackish – and then Asian. Essentially, they’re all family comedies –

CULTURAL – Expat vs immigrant – global coach center –

According to Miriam-Webster:

  • the word “Expatriate” is actually a verb or an adjective and means someone “living in a foreign land”.
  • the word “Immigrant” is a noun and means “a person who comes to a country to take permanent residence”.

If we go only by these definitions above, I see one major distinction that sets them apart.  Immigrants have an intention to stay – whereas for the expatriates this intention isn’t mentioned and isn’t clear.

Put another way, immigrants may have a larger emotional commitment to their new place of residence – and, thus, their approach to making it is different.  If expatriates know that they can always leave and they know it coming into the country already – how much effort will they try to put into… (a) finding ways to belong; (b) creating connections, (c) absorbing new ways of being, (d) making life-long friends, etc, etc, etc?

A few of my closest friends had one foreign parent, like I do —

Life of Pi – 2012 – A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Noah – 2014 – Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connolly…

The Last Ship – Culver Studios, Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Rona Mitra – TNT – The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population.

Titanic – 1997 –

Poseidon Adventure – 1972/2005

The Abyss – 1989 – Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,

Adventures with swashbuckling – Pirates of the Caribbean, etc….

Dream interp – water = emotions

Metaphysical interp

water, boat, ark, Moses


unexpressed subconscious mind

We say that a man is “at sea” when he is in doubt about a mental process; in other words he has not established his thoughts in line with the principle involved, he is unstable.

Walking on the water is a lesson in spiritual overcoming.

Flood Water often breaks up and dissolves old error states of consciousness in the individual, just as the Flood dissolved and washed away from the race the old conditions that the combined error force of individuals had formed.

When John the Baptist baptized with water, he washed away the sins of an external character.

Sea – The sea also signifies universal Mind, that great realm of unexpressed and unformed thoughts and ideas that contains all-potentiality.

Boat A positive thought–a conveyance that is able to float upon the water (the unstable mind), and to bear up the disciples (the faculties of mind).

Ark – a Noah’s ark (Gen. 6:14-16; 7:13). b The basket in which Moses was hidden (Exod. 2:3). c The Ark of the Covenant (Exod. 25:10-22).

Meta. Noah’s ark symbolizes the spiritual part of oneself, built in the midst of the flood of error. One builds one’s ark on the scientific understanding of the wisdom, presence, and power of God. The ark is built upon the affirmations of what one is in Spirit.

Moses means drawing out, extracting, i. e., from the water. The birth of Moses represents man’s development in consciousness of the law of his being, from the negative side. Water represents universal negation; but water also represents the great possibility. Out of seemingly negative conditions comes the new growth.