Raising Asia

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 5.1  (110)

Raising Asia is a reality TV series that premiered on Lifetime in 2014. The show follows the life of 8-year-old Asia Monet Ray, a multi-talented dancer, singer, and actress from California who rose to fame after appearing on the TV show Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. The series documents Asia's aspiring career and chronicles her journey with her family, who make numerous personal sacrifices to support Asia's dreams.

The show features Asia's mother, Kristie Ray, who was also a former reality star herself on the show Dance Moms. Kristie is the driving force behind Asia's career and manages her daughter's day-to-day schedule, acting as her personal assistant, coach, and mentor. Asia's father, Shawn Ray, is a former professional bodybuilder who occasionally appears on the show to offer his support to the family. Asia's siblings, sister Bella and brother Jordan, also feature on the show, providing an insight into their family dynamics and how they manage Asia's busy schedule alongside their own lives.

Raising Asia is a typical reality TV show that features the usual confrontations, drama, and emotional moments, but its focus remains on Asia's journey towards achieving her dream. The show documents the challenges Asia faces in balancing her artistic pursuits with education and family time. Viewers get an inside look into the real-life struggles of a child star, including Asia's struggles with stage fright and the pressure of living up to her mother's expectations.

The show also features Asia's performances, auditions, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes life, which are just a few glimpses of the demanding lifestyle of a budding child star. However, it’s not all about performing arts, as the show also features the day-to-day life of the family, offering insight into their personalities and their personal beliefs. For instance, they sometimes share their opinions on religion, and the parents' differences in outlook on the topic.

One of the most significant aspects of the series is the inclusion of Asia's thoughts and feelings. The show provides an unfiltered view of her perspective on her journey and the influence of her family and friends on her life. This feature gives a new dimension to the series, which is not typical of reality shows that usually focus on the parents’ perspective. It shows Asia as a young girl with her own thoughts and preferences, making her journey all the more relatable.

The show is not without its controversies. As with many reality TV shows, the program was criticized for the exploitation of a child and handling the pressure of fame. Critics were also uncomfortable with the emphasis on glamourizing the child's performance and talent growth, evident in Toddler and Tiaras, a reality show on child beauty pageants. Krisite Ray, Asia's mother addressed the issue, stating that her child's talent and passion are what drive her career, not money, fame or attention.

In conclusion, Raising Asia is a reality TV show that offers a behind-the-scenes view of the life of an aspiring child star. The audience gets a glimpse of the sacrifices necessary to achieve success in the art world, the pressure and the demands of the lifestyle, and the impact it has on the family. For those interested in the making of child celebrities, Raising Asia is definitely worth a watch.

Raising Asia is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on July 29, 2014.

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Make It Or Break It
13. Make It Or Break It
September 9, 2014
Asia has to deal with technical difficulties during one of her performances.
Of Momagers and Meltdowns
12. Of Momagers and Meltdowns
September 9, 2014
Asia loses control right before a TV appearance. Kristie is disappointed with the crew.
Three Men and a Maybe
11. Three Men and a Maybe
September 2, 2014
Billy books a performance for Asia at El DeBarge's birthday celebration. After Shawn puts Anthony in charge of Asia's performance, Anthony reaches his breaking point.
10. Dad-ager
September 2, 2014
Choreographer Ricky Palomino offers Asia the lead role in his theatrical performance; Shawn decides to assume control of Asia's career for a week while Kristie takes on Bella's responsibilities.
Eyes on the Pride
9. Eyes on the Pride
August 26, 2014
Anthony wants to have full creative control over Asia's performance at the Long Beach Pride Festival and clashes with Shawn.
Billy's Last Chance
8. Billy's Last Chance
August 26, 2014
Billy has to prove he is the person to be able to take Asia to the next level.
Hit the Road
7. Hit the Road
August 19, 2014
Asia is off to Sin City for her singing and dancing debut; Anthony and Billy battle for control over Asia's career; Billy must redeem himself in Shawn's opinion.
What Would Beyonce Do?
6. What Would Beyonce Do?
August 19, 2014
Asia gets to be the opening act for a pop star and prepares for it in the parking lot; Anthony blames Billy for all the issues, causing a rift between Shawn and Kristie.
It's (Not) My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To
5. It's (Not) My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To
August 12, 2014
It's Bella's birthday and Kristie is determined to focus on her. Meanwhile, Asia is overwhelmed by the sacrifices she's forced to make for her career.
Managers and Mayhem
4. Managers and Mayhem
August 12, 2014
Asia intensifies her training as an actress, singer and dancer but choreographer Anthony is unsure if manager Billy is the right person to help Asia conquer her quests.
The Education of Asia Ray
3. The Education of Asia Ray
August 5, 2014
Asia's training is thrown into high gear, and with Shawn absent, Kristie is overwhelmed--until a special visitor arrives to help out. But while Kristie may welcome a helping hand, she is annoyed by some unsolicited advice--and an attempted intervention.
Diva Days, Red Carpet Nights
2. Diva Days, Red Carpet Nights
August 5, 2014
Shawn takes on Asia's manager. Meanwhile, Kirstie is disappointed by the staging on a show Asia has been booked on.
The Lion Tamer and The Tiger Mom
1. The Lion Tamer and The Tiger Mom
July 29, 2014
In the series premiere, Kristie is determined to make things happen for her daughter, no matter the consequences.
Where to Watch Raising Asia
Raising Asia is available for streaming on the Lifetime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Raising Asia on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Lifetime, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 29, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    5.1  (110)