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Define the term - FOB
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heheh, Fobs.
My friend keeps making fun of them.
So many in the uni that I study @, mostly Asians
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Fresh off the boat (often abbreviated as F.O.B., FOB, F.O.T.B., FOTB, fobbish, freshie,boat, or fobbie) is a slang phrase applied to people of foreign nationality who have arrived in a host nation as tourists, immigrants, students, or, most commonly, as work permit applicants. The term is commonly applied to Eastern and Southern Pacific Asians, as well as South Asians, in the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as to Pacific Islanders in Australia and New Zealand. It was originally applied to European immigrants to America who had just stepped off of ship.

The term is commonly used when immigrants from a foreign nation have not yet assimilated the host nation's culture, language, and behavior. Note that assimilation to the host nation's culture is not a certainty; there are historical examples of a foreign nation assimilating a host nation (ex. Sinicization or Romanization). FOBs tend to be identified by their fashion, social preferences, behavior toward others, and accents.

In the sociology of ethnicity, this term can be seen as an indicator of a nature of diasporic communities, or communities that have left their country of origin and have migrated, usually permanently, to another country. A split can occur in such communities between those who have assimilated or acclimated in their host countries and those who still cling to their native culture. The usage of "FOBs" is often used by the former group to differentiate themselves from the latter. Often this difference is a result of a generation gap, where the sons and daughters of immigrants born and immersed in the culture of their host country develop an identity distinct from their parents or recent immigrants.

The term also has been adapted by immigrants themselves or others in their community who instead see the differentiation as a source of pride, where they have retained their culture and have not lost it to assimilation. In some instances, people who have assimilated or acclimated into their host country still identify themselves as a "FOB" to show they have not assimilated completely.

Non-offensive use
The term "FOB" is also used in a less offensive way of describing Asian American youths, as well as those in Australia and other countries, that display contemporary East Asian youth cultures. This behavior is part of a new trend of Asian American teens displaying their modern cultural roots (like listening to Asian music and watching Asian movies) rather than conform with mainstream Western culture. Thus the term "Fob" is used in a social context to describe a particular clique or subculture of teens. A few modern-day "Fobs" may actually be American-, Australian-, etc., born Asians.

"Fob" is also used as a slang term for these youths to refer to each other, such as American blacks using the word nigger. The same can be applied to Iranian American youths, who use the term in the same non-offensive way as Asian American youths.

Furthermore in the United Kingdom, when the term "fresh off the boat" is used by expatriate Australians, New Zealanders, and South Africans, it is commonly intended as a neutral description of their newly-arrived countrymen and women.

A modern stereotype of "FOB" people is that of Pacific Islanders living in Australia and New Zealand. Cook Islanders, Tongans, Samoans, Fijians, Papua New Guineans, and Tuvalu are encompassed in the cultural FOB stereotype.

"FOB" is acceptably used by people of any nationality in Australia. However, if used by a non-Pacific Islander in New Zealand, it is considered highly offensive.

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Posted 9/10/07
Hmmm ... interesting post. I;ve never even thought of the word fob.
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MY DADS NAME BOB !!!!!!!!!
well, u rhymes with fob.......
and yes that word came an went about a yr ago so...meh
idk if i shood be offended thogh, it woodnt be offending to most immigrants either.
u call them fob, then say ur 'fresh off the boat' they will prob go
YA ME DA BOMB GO OVA DA SEA TO CUM HIER!!!!! YA YA SHO FING!!
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Posted 9/10/07
fob- means fresh off the boat
thats what all my fob friends say to me
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xxkansasxx wrote:

haha i thought it meant f*** off b*** o_O but alright I see I see. Excuse my way of thinking lol


lol same here. i thought it means F*** off B**** or fall out boy
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Posted 9/23/07
fob=fresh off the boat.. no i dont thinks its offending,..cuz im pretty much a fob myself...
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Posted 9/23/07
why i don't know this FOB thing???..poor me..
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wait i never heard mexicans or philipinos getting called a FOB
and ya.. i am a FOB but i don't really care i just think whoever called me FOB is jealous that i am and they wanna be 1 lol
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Posted 9/23/07
FOB = fingering other brothers
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Posted 9/23/07
It means Fresh Off the Boat. It's mostly referred to Asians who came from their country and are staying in the U.S. is what I hear.
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Posted 11/15/07
fresh off boat..
fall out boy...
f*ck off bitch..
take your pick lol
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FOB = Fresh Off the Boat

Anyone (usually of Asian descent) born from another country who immigrates to the US (or perhaps another country) and speaks with a heavy accent (with reference to the host country) with little to no regard for local culture and/or customs. Where I come from it is usually a derogatory term.

For example, back in high school a lot of people from Hong Kong were referred to as FOBs because they usually hung around in their own group and didn't bother to make friends with "non-FOBs." Thus, making us feel that they were too good for us and the rest of the school.
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Posted 11/15/07
FOB... Must be... Fall Out Boy!!!!! ^__^
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