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May 24 2012

A Brief Blog Profile: Absolutely Fobulous

by Thomas Hynes


The term FOB, I'm learning, stands for 'fresh off the boat." To some, to a lot, this is an offensive term, meant to disparage immigrants, who are unwilling or unable to separate from their native cultures. For Suzie and Emily over at Absolutely Fobulous this is not a pejorative. Rather they embrace the term and everything that comes with it. They're proud of their ancestry and started this blog as a way to celebrate it.

There are many examples of how these women sit between the two worlds. But, I'm thinking this post featuring a video of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" as played on the Chinese zither probably sums it up best. There's also just plain awesome items featured on Absolutely Fobulous. Take for example, the chork. This utensil is half chopstick and half fork. If that's not bridging two cultures, I don't know what is. And this sriracha lollipop is worth blogging about, regardless of where your grandparents were born.

There are also more serious issues dealt with on this blog. The authors rightly took Senate candidate Peter Hoekstra to task for his pretty racist campaign ad. (They also reported on the actress from the commercial's apology.) The ad in question deals in racial stereotypes and fear mongering. Plus, it's inaccurate! These women were right to call Hoekstra out. They may hail themselves as fresh off the boat, but they certainly weren't born yesterday.





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