Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Asian Mother: On Sale!

In other news, copies of An Idiot's Guide to Dining with an Asian Mother are now for sale! Whoop!

An Idiot's Guide to Dining with an Asian Mother is a little booklet about the dos and don'ts when meeting and dining with an Asian mom for the first time. I think my inspiration for this came from a scene in Amy Tan's novel Joy Luck Club where one of the daughters brings home her all-American boyfriend home for what ends up being a disastrous dinner. The best part of it all was how oblivious the boyfriend was to the fact that he'd made a horrible first impression on her family. As someone whose boyfriends have mostly been non-Asian, this was a pretty relatable scene. (Though it's never been that bad, fortunately.)

Eating is a hugely important concept in Japanese and most other Asian cultures. My Japanese friends are constantly uploading photos of food on Facebook. 70% of the conversations between my mom and me is food-related. Whenever my family travels, it's for one sole reason: good food. (Okay, not true of Scotland...but still!) This is why I think that by far the easiest way to set a positive (or negative) first impression on Asian moms is at the dinner table.

Obviously I couldn't include everything I wanted to cover in a little 18-page booklet, but I picked and chose the funniest and the most basic rules. Some tips are particular to Japan (ie. the bowing rule doesn't apply to all Asian countries) and some are international, but yes. Hopefully it's somewhat helpful. And entertaining.

Wow. tl;dr? Here's how you can buy my baby book:

My babies! Woot.
They are hand-bound with love (love!) and cost 2 euros each + shipping (0.90 euro within Germany and 1.45 euro elsewhere). By the way, the shipping will be the same if you purchase 2 copies to be sent to the same address. (A-mazing!) So yes. Buy two and give the other one to your (Asian, non-Asian, or inner-Asian) mom. Or just buy one. And I'll write/draw something nice in it for you.

Anywho. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, message me at horibe (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address and email address, and I'll send you a PayPal payment request. Thanks!


私の初ミニコミック An Idiot's Guide to Dining with an Asian Mother、発売開始しました!



値段は一冊2ユーロ+送料で、ドイツ国内は+90セント、その他は1.45ユーロです。2冊までは送料は変わらずお送りできます。お問い合わせは horibe (あっと) gmail.comまで。お名前、送り先住所とメールアドレスもお知らせください。


  1. oh man! I gotta get a whole bunch to give it to people! will email you ASAP. whoop!

  2. Yuhuuuuuuuuuuuuuu sooooo cool :D (K)

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    1. Thanks so much! I just sent you the payment info this morning...hope that went through all right!