Funniest Advice My Mother Has Ever Given Me: Jeff Mizushima of Salad Days
  • by Audrey Archives
  • May 30, 2013

Baby Mizushima with dog. Photo courtesy of Jeff Mizushima.

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.

Jeff Mizushima
Director of ETIENNE! and Salad Days, which is playing at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Sunday, May 13!


It’s not original or entertaining, but in different wordings, my mom would always tell me: “Do what makes you happy, and I will support whatever it is.”

I think that’s backward advice. I operate my own event video production company now, occasionally make films I’m passionate about, and I’m happy, but I’m also broke and struggling to not get audited by the IRS. I wish she would have rather said, “Do what makes you happy — dot dot dot — go to medical school.”


Check out more funny advice in our Mother’s Day series:
Celebrating Asian Mothers: Funniest Advice My Mother Has Ever Given Me