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#FOB (or #FreshOffTheBoat): How an #AAPI sitcom hopes to reclaim a slur (reappropriate.co)
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[–][deleted] 6 points7 points8 points 3 years ago
Whereas “FOB” is entirely derogatory in mainstream culture, in the Asian American community, the term’s meaning is more nuanced and complex. Talmy et al (as quoted here) notes that in one ESL class, recent immigrants took efforts to distance themselves from being labelled as a “FOB”, viewing the term as “a noxious label signifying a recently-arrived, monumentally uncool, non-English-speaking rube of mythical, and for some, hilarious proportions.”
However, since the 1980′s, Asian Americans have also questioned the fundamental assumptions of “FOB” as implicitly pejorative by challenging how it assumes something positive about cultural and linguistic assimilation with America. Instead, “FOBs” might also be viewed as more in touch with their Asian heritage and language, more capable of code-switching, more culturally radical, less culturally White-washed. Why should there be something wrong with being a “FOB”, they ask?
[–]trimalchio 1 point2 points3 points 3 years ago
The quote from the creator gives me high hopes for this show. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
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