Article by Meghan Ridley, Dope Magazine
It was one of those oh shit type of moments. Deadlines were looming and confusion was reigning. Our cover interview with Eddie Huang was likely dangling somewhere in the worldwide web, being pinged back and forth between Seattle, New York and an undisclosed location in Asia. Nervous writers and scrambling publicists fired off frantic emails from numerous time zones, until the words that no one wanted to hear were finalized—there would be no Eddie Huang interview.
Alas, this is an Eddie Huang Essay. It’s what you write when an interview doesn’t come in. I wonder if Eddie will read it. Honestly, I can’t imagine he’d find it very interesting. Does anyone really read magazines anyway? I’m of the opinion that the majority of people flip through and look at the imagery. Thankfully, the photoshoot we had in New York produced some fine visuals for your eyes to peruse.
And if you happened to have read this far, may I formally express my deepest thanks. Now let’s learn about Eddie Huang…
Born in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia area) to Taiwanese immigrant parents, the family later moved to Orlando, Florida where Huang would be raised. His upbringing has been described as comfortable, while his behavior was known for its rebellious streak—where regular fighting landed him in hot water for assault charges on two occasions.
Haung’s lawlessness was slightly quelled in his college years, where he earned a B.A. in English and Film from Rollins College in 2004. From here he pursued a law degree, graduating from the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in 2008. He soon landed a position in the corporate law department of the New York City firm, Chadbourne & Parke, but was laid off within a year when the bombshell better known as the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 was dropped. Onward and upward went Huang, into the fields of stand-up comedy and weed-dealing. Doubling his newfound hustle, rumor has it Huang even had other comics slanging his chronic. Here, his resume continued to grow with intriguing diversity; he ran the streetwear company Hoodman Clothing and began to professionally embrace his culinary passions—opening the Taiwanese bun shop, BaoHaus on the Lower East Side of Lower Manhattan in December 2009.