Show about a real crazy rich vietnamese american family called ‘the ho’s’ is coming to hbo

‘House of Ho’: A Houston story that is rich, Asian, not so crazy

The reality series, debuting Dec. 10 on HBO Max, is all about the American Dream, says the Houston family at the heart of the show.

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From left: Binc & Washington Ho và cousin Sammy from the HBO series "House of Ho," which focuses on the Ho family of Houston.

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Fairly early in the new HBO Max streaming reality series “House of Ho,” debuting Dec. 10, Washington Ho — the fast-living scion of the family whose name is in the title of the show — slips inlớn a striking blazer & sunglasses và enters a dimly lit room lớn join a poker game with stacks of chips & bundles of Benjamins.

“Let’s get (messed) up,” he declares, “và make some money.”

The scene feels of a kind with the hit film “Crazy Rich Asians,” a vibe further established with scene-setting shots of Houston’s affluent neighborhoods and punctuated with images of the kind of cars that carry six-figure sticker prices.

The son of a Vietnamese immigrant who came khổng lồ the United States 45 years ago, Washington took naturally khổng lồ having cameras around. “I love it, the lights, camera, action,” he says in an interview.

And while grandiosity is on display in “House of Ho,” the show also finds pockets of nuance in its presentation of an immigrant success story. It tells stories of people teetering between young adulthood and the responsibility of parenthood, of complications in domestic partnerships, of small tensions between old và contemporary cultures from geographic points thousands of miles apart.

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‘House of Ho’

Details: Streaming on HBO Max beginning Dec. 10

Washington’s wife, Lesley, confesses to “a little anxiety opening our lives like this.”

“With this venture, I had some concerns,” Washington says. “But we chose khổng lồ focus more on how we as a family inspire each other lớn be better.”

American dreaming

Family is at the center of “House of Ho,” starting with the story of Binch & wife Hue Ho, who left war-ravaged Vietphái mạnh & landed in Texas. Fredericksburg, khổng lồ be exact. Hue worked at a Circle K and learned English from a woman at Schreiner University. Binch worked at an Exxon station .

“My dad jokes, his friends in Vietphái nam would ask hlặng, ‘How did you show up & get a job at Exxon so quickly?’” Washington says. “But he was proud of how he started. This was a land of opportunity. This show lets us showcase that American dream.”

They then moved to Houston, where he made a fortune in real estate và banking. Daughter Judy — named after the woman who taught Hue English — và son Washington were born in the early ’80s. A third sibling, Reagan (the family wanted to lớn name their sons for U.S. presidents), decided not khổng lồ appear in the show.

“House of Ho” picks up the family’s story before the pandemic, yet for the Ho family it’s still a time of change and unease. Judy, an attorney, is reconfiguring her life shortly after a divorce. And Washington is slowly stepping away from a more fast-paced youth into lớn a more family-focused role (his son và daughter are named Roosevelt and Lincoln) & a greater emphasis on work in the energy field.

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Anxieties about connections surface early on the show. Lesley, a pharmacist, says opening their lives to the cameras required an adjustment. “For me, my family was not aware of issues going on with our marriage, so it was difficult,” she says. “But the crew was so welcoming và warming. It got easier over time.”

Even then, the show’s cousin Sammy, who serves as a confidant khổng lồ Washington, says at one point, “Damn, should that be on TV?”

Judy’s divorce also generates tension. It’s a subject her parents sidestep with a quiet disapproval.

“It’s not a thing Vietnamese families speak about, even among mỏi themselves,” she says. “But I felt there was some good khổng lồ bring it out in public. That this is something that could perhaps help someone else in the same situation.

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Any reality series presents some sort of distorted reality. Behaviors change when people are observed, và the Ho family found themselves regularly going about their lives with multiple cameras và crew members milling about.

“In the beginning I felt very self-conscious,” Judy says. “There’s a microphone attached to lớn you, so you’re very aware of what’s going on. But after a while, you forget about it & thua kém that filter.”

Adds Washington, “And that’s when it gets fun.”

In one clip, Washington và Lesley discuss Binh’s potential retirement and how they should discuss it with her family. There are traditions lớn abide by, that they refer khổng lồ as “the Asian way.”

More Asian American visibility

“House of Ho” fits a growing trend in television programming as a medium, with increasingly broad outlets, that seeks khổng lồ diversify the people và cultures it chooses lớn spotlight. Earlier this year Netflix introduced “Never Have sầu I Ever,” a scripted teen drama about a first-generation Indian American high school student. A Houston woman was featured in another Netflix reality show, “Indian Matchmaking.” And Bravo’s “Family Karma” focused on a South Asian family based in Miami.

On multiple occasions, members of the Ho family point out the family’s story as representative sầu of the American dream. “I think the idea of the American dream is a more common thread in the United States now,” Lesley says. “You’re looking at a much more diverse United States. We also have sầu the first woman vice-president elect … I think our story is very relatable now.”

“I think it started for us with ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ how well that movie did in Hollywood,” Judy says. “It was a big step toward people seeing Asians in a different light. Of course, there are so many different Asian cultures. Our family’s story represents just one. But I’m proud of what we showed, this one Vietnamese tradition that gets followed through our homes.”

Washington says the show’s producers considered other families in other places. “I told them Austin’s a cool city, Dallas is a cool đô thị, but you got khổng lồ come khổng lồ Houston,” he says.

Judy calls the show “a love letter lớn Houston.”

And the Ho family kept looking for ways lớn underscore the breadth of their journey. The opening shot includes the Houston skyline, a Ferrari and a dining scene, which certainly triangulate an aspect of the city’s culture.

Even that tuxebởi vì jacket Washington wears for his poker game — blaông xã & embroidered with red flowers và sequins — has a story. It was created by Patrichồng Pđắm say, a Vietnamese designer based in Paris.

“With this project, I wanted lớn help other Vietnamese và Asian people,” Washington says. “Maybe open some doors for them lớn this Hollywood industry. We try lớn support some local businesses that maybe don’t have the national kinh doanh budget to bởi vì something like this.”

With the show about to lớn debut, the family says they’d bởi the it again.

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“No regrets,” Washington says.

Adds Judy, “We’ll have some nice home page videos to lớn show the kids and grandkids one day.”

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