Mar 2011 NYAPM Book Club “My Mom is a Fob: Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom”
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:30 PM — PLEASE BE PROMPT!
As a courtesy to us, please RSVP:
This is the third in a monthly recurring series that focuses on books that have to do with Asians.
This event, like all our events, is free for members and non-members alike — BUT please buy at least one drink to support our venue.
The book we will be discussing is My Mom is a Fob: Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom, by Teresa Wu and Serena Wu.
You can get it from your local bookstore or from Amazon:
Here is a synopsis:
Fob (noun)-derived from the acronym F.O.B. (“fresh off the boat”)
Does your mom still make Peking duck instead of turkey on Thanksgiving, own a giant cleaver, or take twenty-four more napkins than she needs at Chipotle?
Your mom may be a fob.
Through their hit blog “My Mom Is a Fob,” Teresa and Serena Wu have seized ownership of this formerly derogatory term, applying it instead to the heartfelt, hilarious, and thoroughly unique ways that Asian mothers adapt to American culture, from the perspective of those who love them most: their children.
Through texts, emails, phone calls, and more, My Mom Is a Fob showcases the stories of a community of Asian-American kids who know exactly what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that amazing, unconditional, and sometimes misspelled love. It’s about those Asian mothers who refuse to get in the car without their sun-protective arm sheaths, the ones who send us passive-aggressive text messages “from the dog” in hopes that we’ll call home, and email us unsolicited advice about everything from homosexuality to constipation. In these pages you’ll find solace in the fact that thousands of moms out there are as painfully nosy, unintentionally hilarious, and endearingly fobby as yours is.
Hope to see you there!
Thai Select (in the Garden Room)
427 Ninth Ave. (btw. 36th and 37th)
New York, NY 10018
Take the A/C/E to 34th St-Penn Station.