The cast of Fresh Off the Boat is set to receive the Legacy Award at the upcoming Unforgettable Gala—the series is most widely known for being the first network sitcom to feature an all Asian-American family and actors in starring roles since the 1994 Margaret Cho All American Girl series. The news comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the series will be ending after it s sixth season.
Cast members Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong, and Ray Wise will be in attendance representing the cast of the series while Ken Jeong will present them the aforementioned award. This will also mark the first time an award of this caliber has been given out at the Unforgettable Gala and is meant to commemorate the legacy of Asian Americans in the entertainment industry.
Fresh Off the Boat was created by Nahnatchka Khan and loosely based on the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang’s namesake book. Much like the source material, the series depicts the life of a Taiwanese-American family in Florida in the 1990s, as they learn and grow through their interactions with friends and each other.
Stars Constance Wu and Randall Park portray the parents of the rap-loving teenager Eddie (Hudson Yang) and his younger overachieving siblings, Emery (Forrest Wheeler) and Evan (Ian Chen). Lucille Soong also stars as the family’s wheelchair-bound whip smart grandmother. Honey (Chelsey Crisp) and Marvin (Ray Wise) round out the cast as the family’s American neighbors.
The 18th Annual Unforgettable Gala will take place on Dec. 14 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA and will have America’s Got Talent winner Kodi Lee perform at the event alongside Simu Liu as host. The Unforgettable Gala has served over the years as an awards show that tries to recognize Asian American trailblazers in the entertainment industry wheter it be professionals in film, television, music, sports, digital technology, and philanthropy.