Funniest Advice My Mother Has Ever Given Me

A Mother’s Day series published online at Audrey Magazine:


To help celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — and an upcoming holiday dedicated to Mothers all around, Audrey Magazine brings you our special Mother’s Day feature: Funniest Advice My Mother Has Ever Given Me. Contributor Ada Tseng talks to different folks in the Asian American community about the words of wisdom bestowed to them from their Asian American mothers. Join us as we count down to Mother’s Day – we’ll be revealing new stories every day!

Mothers — with all their earnest, loving intentions — can often be entertaining, and their advice can be an interesting mix of serious, silly, insightful and mind-boggling (sometimes all rolled up into one zinger you can’t wait to share with your friends). In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve asked fellow Asian American writers and artists to share the funniest advice they’ve ever gotten from their mothers.

Jen Wang of Disgrasian
on shaving her legs and not having a wedding

Kimberly-Rose Wolter of Knots
on why unhappy mommys are not good for anyone

Sheetal Sheth of Yes, We’re Open and Nice Girls Crew
on life jackets and medical school

Dante Basco of Hang Loose and Paradise Broken
on always being a gentleman

Janice Jann of The Media Maid
on believing in anything. ANYTHING.

Ada Tseng of Asia Pacific Arts
on thinking about divorce before you even start dating

Theresa Navarro of Yes, We’re Open
on sleepovers, dating, acne, and dessert!

Kevin Wu (KevJumba) of Hang Loose
on embracing the embarassing

Shailja Patel of Migritude
on when it’s time to settle down

Joey Damiano, playwright of Fortune Wheel
on wearing a little jacket

Catherine Liu, author/professor at UC Irvine
on going against the advice of therapists

Sunyoung Lee of Kaya Press
on that guy you took to prom

Dennis Lee of Namu Gaji
on shrinking male anatomy

Jeff Mizushima of Salad Days
on too much flexibility

Kimora Lee Simmons of Phat Fashions
on wooden currency


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