Eddie Huang

Keeping it real can be your business. If you have a story to tell, tell it.

Bestselling Author of Fresh Off the Boat, & Host for Vice and MTV

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Eddie Huang | Bestselling Author of Fresh Off the Boat, & Host for Vice and MTV
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Eddie Huang is the bestselling author of Fresh Off the Boat, the memoir ABC adapted into one of the most talked-about new TV shows in recent years. On stage, this hyper-opinionated diversity speaker shares lessons from his unconventional successes: Embrace the unknown. Don’t accept mediocrity. Make things that excite you. Always move forward. 

“Long before I met him, I was a fan of his writing, and his merciless wit. He’s bigger than food.”

— Anthony Bourdain

Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, was hailed by The New York Times as “Bawdy and frequently hilarious ... a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America ... as much James Baldwin and Jay-Z as Amy Tan.” A sitcom based on the book, airing on ABC, is the first Asian American family-centric TV series in nearly 20 years. The show, also called Fresh Off the Boat, stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, and Ian Chen as Evan. It has been called “a long-overdue win for Asian-American representation in the primetime slot” (PolicyMic). Huang’s new book, Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China, is touted as a “fiercely original story of culture, family, love, and red-cooked pork,” and was called “another punch of passion” by Publishers Weekly.


Huang’s food/travel series, Huang’s World, is now airing on VICE’s new television network Viceland. He is widely known as the chef and owner of the popular Taiwanese restaurant Baohaus in New York City’s East Village, and host of MTV’s Snack-Off. Huang is also a panelist on MTV2’s Jobs That Don’t Suck and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover


“It was a pleasure meeting you last week at our NAMIC Conference. I wanted to say thank you so much for your moving and heartfelt speech. I appreciated you being aware of our needs and asking me to read your speech prior and discussing the audience, topic, and theme. And it was a perfect home run. The crowd was so moved and enlightened, and one executive said to me, ‘Wow, that was so impactful. I learned more about marketing from his personal story than listening to tactics and percentages.’ I hope your experience was as positive as ours. Thanks again and I can’t wait to eat at Baohaus!”

NAMIC Conference

“Eddie’s keynote was the best one at our event. I should have had him as the last speaker because the Student Centre cleared out when he was finished. My colleagues all agree that Eddie represented what our Real Talks event is about. What I personally enjoyed is when Eddie finished his keynote and what he said really hit home with students in the audience, prompting a bunch of questions. I remember Eddie saying to a student, ‘Are you living life for yourself or your parents?’ The fact that Eddie’s keynote got some many students to open up to him in that setting speak volumes.”

Humber Students’ Federation

Speech Topics

Always Move Forward Entrepreneurship for Weirdos

Embrace your inner weirdo. Make things that excite you. Create, adapt, and rebuild if you fail. Use reason, think critically, work hard, worry less. Never let anyone else define you. These are Eddie Huang’s life principles. Here’s one more: do things your own way. That’s what Eddie did.  He owns a restaurant, hosts shows for Vice and MTV, wrote a bestselling book, started a clothing line—the list goes on. In this dynamic talk geared to young people and entrepreneurs, Eddie dispenses entrepreneurial lessons with his entertaining, no-holds-barred flair. Raw, profound, and uproariously funny, Eddie draws on his adventures and successes to tell audiences that definitions aren’t worth it, that diversity of thought is key, that embracing unknowns—as he’s done time and again—can reap huge rewards. Everything, he tells you, is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to move forward.

Diversity & Race
Race, Food, and Who We Are
Eddie Huang grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando. In this talk, he takes a look at his life so far and asks: What does it mean to be Asian in America right now? Race is part of who we are, he says, but it doesn’t have to define us. We should have the confidence to do whatever we want to do, free of the hindrances of race. At the same time, we need to remember our culture and honor it. The end goal of discussions about equality and diversity, Eddie reminds us, is freedom. Personal freedom. Frank, hilarious, and hopeful, Eddie talks about his own life, tells “Eddie’s story”—the story of a bright, brash, and hardworking Taiwanese kid who never let race define who he was, and who he could be. Beating back stereotypes like whack-a-mole heads, Eddie inspires audiences to look within and to tell their own narratives. Your own story, in the end, is the only one worth telling. 
Food as Politics and Food as Identity

This is not your average talk about food. For Eddie Huang—a Chinese-American kid who grew up in anytown, USA—food was a gateway into his culture. For millions of Americans, it’s the same story. In wide-ranging keynotes, Eddie talks about food as politics and food as identity. Next to religion, food is perhaps the one thing immigrants can hang on to, even when language and history are lost. From the appropriation of ethnic cuisines (the practice of taking “ethnic” foods and putting them on pretty square plates) to his own journey through the never-dull restaurant business, Eddie’s personal, passionate, and knowledgeable talk conjures a vivid world of food production, consumption, and celebration. It will help you rethink your own relationship to the one tie that binds us all.