An Asian person usually from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and other places in Asia and the pacific region, who has just arrived in the United States of America. The term F.O.B. signifies the words “Fresh Off the Boat.”

This type of Asian person usually has come to the United States for a number of reasons:

1) To Study and/or graduate at a college
2) To better their understanding and pronunciation of the English language
3) To work hard and attain wealth so that he/she/they can send money back to their family back home
4) To live a life of hard work and dedication thus opening a business

An Asian FOB unfortunately often gets stereotyped for not speaking fluent English and also for being a bad driver. But these are just stereotypes. Not everyone fits into those categories.
Asian FOB’s often carry traditional family values. Hard work and selflessness are highlights of their hard work and their life. Many FOB’s have dreams and aspirations like any other person, but they are aware that family comes first.
Michelle: “Hey Zhang, how’s it going with your boyfriend? Did he get you a gift for valentines day?”

Zhang: “Yes, he sure did. But we’ve been having problems lately.”

Michelle: “Well girl, don’t worry about it. Guys can be assholes. That’s why you need to do what I do and talk to a lot of guys at once. Then you’ll get gifts all the time and there will always be some new man to take you out.”

Zhang: “But why should I do that? I really love my boyfriend, Kar Wai. We plan on getting married.”

Michelle: “Girl, don’t be stupid. Well, actually, how much is his yearly income?”

Zhang: “I’m not sure. I never checked. But I don’t care about that. I just know that he works hard and he will be a good father for our future family that we will create.”

Michelle: “Jeez, you’re such an Asian Fob. You need to learn the American way.”
by Black Brotha for Humanity December 30, 2009

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