My Mom is a Fob
Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom
Authors: Teresa Wu and Serena Wu
Perigee Trade Paperback Original
January 4, 2011; $12.95
Cover design by Nellys Cover photograph by Francesca Ling
Based on the hit blog of the same name, “My Mom is a FOB: Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom,” deconstructs exactly what it means to be an Asian mother in America, from the perspective of those who love them most: their children.
Created in the fall of 2008-by then-college students and childhood friends, Teresa Wu and Serena Wu, as a place to document their mothers’ hilarious emails and text messages, the blog’s traffic exploded in a matter of days. Now, two years later, the blog has had more than 1.7 million page visits and averages 68,000 visits a month.
Originally an acronym for “fresh off the boat,” the term “fob” has been reclaimed by a young generation of Asian-Americans who define it through their pride in holding on to both sides of their half-Asian, half-American culture. “Fob” and “fobby” are now used to describe someone who is culturally unique, hilarious at times (for not quite fully assimilating into the American way of life), yet-in the end-still downright loveable and full of inadvertent wisdom worthy of sharing.
Presenting entertaining, touching, and relatable reader submissions from texts, emails, photos and more, each section of My Mom is a FOB focuses on a different cultural aspect of life with Asian moms, including:
• Fob fashion: Be it a giant plastic visor for an evening stroll or a strangely patterned UV-protective arm cover for a five minute drive, fob mothers have seamlessly integrated truly iconic pieces into their daily wardrobes. In the realm of inexplicably fearless couture, fob mothers take the cake!
• Communication barriers: Me (after a long day of school): I feel like crap. Mom: Really? I feel like shrimp.
• Technological shortcomings: Mom: I just heard on news that cell phone can blow up! Don’t use the cell phone too much! Me: You just called me on my cell. Mom: Oh! OK, I hang up now!
• And don’t forget: Political awareness and incorrectness, love advice, pop culture, and most importantly, why we still love them!
My Mom is a FOB is the story of Asian moms in America told in their own (unedited and hilarious) words to their Asian-American children. Underneath the bitter sarcasm, backhanded compliments, and passive aggressive emails, children can still recognize and experience the subtlety of their moms’ unconditional (and often unexpected) love.
With a foreword by Margaret Cho about her own “fobby” mom, My Mom is a FOB is a hilarious compendium of the inadvertent wit and wisdom of Asian mothers across America.
Teresa Wu is the co-founder of MyMomisaFob.com and MyDadisaFob.com. A University of California, San Diego graduate, Teresa’s writing has appeared on Glamour.com, Lemondrop.com, CAWGo.com, and more. She currently lives in New York City. To learn more about Teresa, please visit: byteresanvu.com.
Serena Wu is the co-founder of MyMomisaFob.com and MyDadisaFob.com. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and now works as a web designer and game artist in San Francisco. To learn more about Serena, please visit: SerenaStudio.com.
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