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My Mom is a Fob: Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom Paperback – Bargain Price, January 4, 2011
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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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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?Read more ›
So seeing these stories, the parents, especially for me, these Dads... cracks me up, over and over. It's great culture, this compendium. It lets us re-live ourselves, lives which we no longer have, with our parents.
But I got this for my Mom, right? She's the one preaching now, Dad's long gone. So I got this for my Mom and she called me up like 1.5 years later, and was like, John? Did you? Was it YOU who got this book? This odd book, "My Mom is a Fob". Yes, and so she proceeded to tell me how she found it in the bathroom and was reading it there and was just sitting in there giggling.
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I like the first part of the book, but then it get quite boring. There is a lot of variations on the same theme; the 'novelty' wears off. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Drs. I
being a chinese-american I can readily relate to the narrative and often chuckle at various episodes.Published 15 months ago by Irena F. Lum
Writing is OK...but same scenarios is repeated over and over again ....too redundantPublished 21 months ago by searching for good walking sandal
I felt the book made fun of the Mother too much. I was expecting a story about family and how they came to this country. I did not finish reading the book it bothered me so much. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Grapevine
Although I believe this was geared towards a much younger audience, I still liked it. I even laughed out loud at times.Published on January 27, 2013 by Jeanette H.