Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Mom is a FOB

Nineteen-year-old blogger Teresa Wu is already relatively famous and well-known. She has a strong following on Twitter, and her newest blog (who can even count how many she has now?) has been met with almost overnight success. My Mom is a FOB is a Web site that is guaranteed to make you chuckle.

I think we all had that Asian friend in college (or friends, plural, for some) that did some things we found strange because he or she was "fresh off boat" (FOB). Or perhaps you had an American friend whose parents, though they had been in the U.S. for years, still acted like FOBs. Well, then this new site is for you, us and them.

My friends and I as an undergraduate used to enjoy reading different Konglish Web sites to see how English is used on products in other countries such as Japan, China and South Korea. Often, the messages are so construed that little kids are seen wearing T-shirts we would never even think of wearing with expletives and sexual messages displayed upon them. Every Asian I've ever met has a good laugh when you explain these things to him or her, so don't think of My Mom is a FOB as being racist in any way.

It's all in good fun, just ask Wu, who has already had her blog reach hundreds of people through Twitter and by being featured on other sites who take notice (like this one, for example). Wu sent out a tweet earlier yesterday that her inbox had been flooded with e-mails where people are sending funny things their FOB moms have said. We can only hope they continue to do so for our own comic relief.

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