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10.20.2010

my mom is a fob: the book

Wow! This was bound to happen sooner or later. You know I love My Mom is a Fob, a chronicle of "humorous, adorable and loving messages from your fobby mom" compiled by bloggers Teresa Wu and Serena Wu.

If you like it too, then you'll pleased to know that the hit blog is being published as trade paperback book this January from Pedigree Books: My Mom is a Fob: Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom.

With a foreword, appropriately, by none other than Margaret Cho. From the publisher's press release:

Comprising entertaining, touching, and relatable reader submissions from texts, emails, photos, and more, MY MOM IS A FOB deconstructs exactly what it means to be an Asian mother in America, from the perspective of those who love them most: their children. Each section of the book focuses on a different cultural aspect of life with Asian moms, such as: Fob Fashion, Communication Barriers, Technological Shortcomings, Political Awareness and Incorrectness, and most importantly: Why we still love them!

MY MOM IS A FOB is the story of all first generation Asian moms told in their own (unedited and hilarious) words to their second-generation children. Underneath the backhanded complements and passive aggressive emails, second-generation children find recognize the subtlety of their moms' unconditional (and often unexpected) love.
Kind of a no-brainer, right? The blog's posts are easily adaptable into a really fun, entertaining book full of useful Fobby Mom Wisdom, like how to clip coupons and rape prevention tactics. As second-gen Asian American kids, it's just one of those things you get or you don't. I'll be picking this up.

Hey, if a Twitter account like Shit My Dad Says can become a book and a freaking TV show, there's no reason why My Mom is a Fob can't expand its media empire. Next stop: prime time. Pre-order your copy at Amazon. (Thanks, Elaine.)