Funniest Advice My Mother Has Ever Given Me: Shailja Patel of Migritude
  • by Audrey Archives
  • May 30, 2013

Credit: Bibi Slippers

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.

Shailja Patel
poet, playwright, theatre artist, and author of Migritude, published by Kaya Press


Excerpt from Migritude:

“So there you go, dearest daughter. You have had your years of sexual experimentation and adventures. You have fully enjoyed your travels and feminism and independence. Now find a wonderful man to marry and make a home with. Life is but a prize for winning LOVE. Time and Tide do not wait for anyone, and you are getting on in age!”


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