The Chin Chens is a television show that details the life of a loving but unique family. They are unique because the family members come from different ethnic backgrounds. The father is Chinese and the mother is Vietnamese. THey have three children, two of whom have chosen to “downplay” their own cultural identity in exchange for the American way of life. Like it or not, the grandmother is doing what she can to get the family back to their cultural roots. However, the inherent cultural difference between the parents makes for a humorous and educational journey in every episode.

First of all, that title. What the hell is going on with it? I know Chin and Chen are both Chinese surnames, but since when was their strange amalgation one? Does it have something to do with the fact that the parents are of different ethnicities? (I’m…ninety percent sure that neither Chin nor Chen are Vietnamese surnames, though.)

Second of all, that acting. I’m not offended by the content of this trailer, but maybe that’s because I couldn’t bear to watch more than three minutes. It’s not funny at all. It’s stiff, awkward, and utterly lacking in any kind of charm. Everything’s really plain, and the actors just seem to be going through the motions.

Third of all…actually, there’s no third. This trailer is just…not good. I felt secondhand embarrassment creeping up my stomach for the horrible three minutes that I managed to watch.



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