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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399536403
  • ASIN: B004X8W3TQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Teresa Wu and Serena Wu are the creators of mymomisafob.com and mydadisafob.com. Both spent their childhood years in Fremont, California, home to a thriving community of fobby moms. Teresa is a freelance lifestyle/travel writer who blogs at byteresawu.com, and Serena runs a design studio at serenastudio.com. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Overall, a great and entertaining read for all ages.
Clin
I applaud Teresa and Serena for broaching the once-sensitive and derogatory term "fob" and presenting it in a non-judgmental, humorous way.
Bill Lee, Author
It is also important to understand that the authors aren't trying to poke fun at their parents, at least not in a critical way.
Kcorn

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Xu on February 3, 2011
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Growing up with immigrant parents, I never truly valued the sweet moments I had in my childhood until now that they are just a memory. Reading this book brought me back to my childhood, a simpler time where I thought peking duck was a turkey every Thanksgiving and I'd get embarrassed for the stuff my mom says in the public. I was always trying to find my own identity but never truly found myself to be 'American' in America nor 'Asian' in China. But reading this book and looking back on things, I'm more proud than ever to be 'Asian-American', an identity that basically came alive on its own!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2011
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This book started as a blog. That blog became so popular it was turned into a book (detailed list of contents and chapter titles follow my first brief descriptions of the focus of the book).

Interestingly, My Mom is a Fob has gained attention at the same time as Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother , a book which is not only (as of this writing) a bestseller but has gotten a lot of controversy, comparing one woman's Asian parenting style with American parenting styles. I've read that book and also highly recommend My Mom is a Fob: Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom, written by Serena and Teresa Wu - yes, they have the same last name but are not related. My Mom is a FOb offers another take on having Asian-American parents, containing snippets of parental advice from first generation parents to their children. While Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is also recommended, each book could round out the various authors' viewpoints.

My Mom is a Fob has a humorous angle as well as explanations about Asian-American mothers - their beliefs, cooking, fashion "sense", frequent advice to their daughters, protectiveness, etc.

For the uninitiated, F.O.B. stands for "fresh off the boat" and (for the purposes of this book) describe Asian immigrants who haven't quite gotten familiar with major aspects of American culture. Unlike many of their children, they don't pick up the nuances of Facebook, Twitter, etc. My Mom is a Fob is written by women whose parents were Asian immigrants. As might be expected there is often a cultural clash, of sorts. Other times?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lee, Author on March 23, 2011
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I grew up in San Francisco Chinatown in the '60s and '70s. It was a violent era where friction between FOBs (foreign-born) and ABCs (American-born Chinese) youths escalated to an outright gang war. Technically an ABC, I identified more with FOBs, since Chinese was my first language and my family struggled, not only financially -- but to acclimate culturally as well.

I applaud Teresa and Serena for broaching the once-sensitive and derogatory term "fob" and presenting it in a non-judgmental, humorous way. All of us have been embarrassed by our parents at one time or another. "my mom is a fob" doesn't attempt to defend or excuse Asian mothers' behavior or lifestyle. Instead, the book highlights the love and concern Asian moms have for their children, as the former haphazardly adopt the English language (freely making up their own words) and technology, especially online social media.

I don't believe a book like this would have been appreciated when I was growing up. Truth be told, it probably would have provided ammunition to criticize and ridicule Asian immigrants. But we have come a long way in being more open-minded regarding other cultures. This book actually provides insight into how foreign-born Asians have not only integrated, but excelled in America -- despite their idiosyncrasies.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tvnut on July 6, 2013
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I have enjoyed reading this book. I'm not finished it yet, but as I read about these girls' experience with their moms, I can totally relate to them and laugh. I sometimes, feel like I am turning into my mother even though I was born in Canada. Sometimes, I get things mixed up too and I use my mom's phrases for things I can't remember the names of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah K. Willett on May 21, 2013
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I read a lot and though I am not Asian I love the culture . I didn't understand some of the jokes but I love seeing the challenge and tenacity of learning to be American through the eyes of an Asian family. It makes me want an Asian mom. I wish there was more of a story about this family. They seem like the kind of family you'd like to get to know, and moms speak a universal language. I'm all for laughing at myself, but I have a hard time laughing at someone who is trying to learn. This mom is a very good sport.. In fact she's awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette H. on January 27, 2013
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Although I believe this was geared towards a much younger audience, I still liked it. I even laughed out loud at times.
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