HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
We’d started posting snippets of fob love from our Asian mothers over at mymomisafob.com, and our readers clamored for some air time for the dads. One week later, on October 24, 2008, we launched mydadisafob.com.
WHAT’S A “FOB”?
FOB stands for “fresh off the boat,” and is a term often used to describe Asian immigrants who just aren’t quite on track with American culture. You know, if your family still eats Peking duck instead of turkey on Thanksgiving, owns a giant cleaver, and takes 20 more napkins than you need at KFC? That’s fob status — and for the record, we aren’t ashamed. After all, my drawer is full of silverware… from Chipotle.
ISN’T THAT… SORT OF MEAN?
Okay, speaking seriously now: we don’t mean “fob” in a derogatory sense whatsoever. I mean, we’re pretty fobby ourselves (come on, we know some of you out there have owned Totoro pajama sets too — no?) It’s totally tongue in cheek. We’re not trying to make fun of our dads (or moms) — we think they’re freakin’ adorable, and we want to showcase those precious moments to a community of 2nd-generation Asian American kids who know exactly what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that amazing, unconditional, and sometimes misspelled love.
ARE YOU TWO SISTERS?
Nope! It would have taken a very talented mother to give birth two months apart. In fact, we have two very uniquely hilarious Asian moms. We did attend Mission San Jose High School together in Fremont, California (where, for the record, there exists an enormous, ever-expanding population of fob mothers). We’ve been friends since the 7th grade. Nowadays, we share the same passion for lame humor, 5 a.m. bedtimes, and the internetz.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH ONES TO POST? WILL YOU TELL ME IF YOU POST MINE?
We seriously get a lot of stuff coming through our inbox, so we’re very, very sorry if yours doesn’t get posted (or it could just take awhile). If either of us snort so loudly in our lecture halls that the professor gives us a dirty look, that pretty much seals the deal. Photos almost always score brownie points. If you want us to let you know if/when we post yours, just say so in the e-mail. We’ll try to remember.
CAN I WRITE YOU FAN MAIL?
We love fan mail. See our about page on how to reach us. We would also not complain about monetary gifts.