How to American

How to American

An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing your Parents

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Standup comic, actor and fan favorite from HBO's Silicon Valley and the film Crazy Rich Asians shares his memoir of growing up as a Chinese immigrant in California and making it in Hollywood.

"I turned down a job in finance to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. My dad thought I was crazy. But I figured it was better to disappoint my parents for a few years than to disappoint myself for the rest of my life. I had to disappoint them in order to pursue what I loved. That was the only way to have my Chinese turnip cake and eat an American apple pie too."


Jimmy O. Yang is a standup comedian, film and TV actor and fan favorite as the character Jian Yang from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley. In How to American, he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents: Yang arrived in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at age 13, learned English by watching BET RapCity for three hours a day, and worked as a strip club DJ while pursuing his comedy career. He chronicles a near deportation episode during a college trip Tijuana to finally becoming a proud US citizen ten years later. Featuring those and many other hilarious stories, while sharing some hard-earned lessons, How to American mocks stereotypes while offering tongue in cheek advice on pursuing the American dreams of fame, fortune, and strippers.


Baker & Taylor
Sharing hilarious stories as well as some hard-earned life lessons, a standup comic, actor and fan favorite from the HBO series Silicon Valley recounts his experiences growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents. 30,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

The standup comic and actor shares his experiences growing up as a Chinese immigrant in California.
"Jimmy O. Yang is a standup comedian, film and TV actor and fan favorite as the character Jian Yang from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley. In How to American, he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents: Yang arrived in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at age 13, learned English by watching BET RapCity for three hours a day, and worked as a strip club DJ while pursuing his comedy career. He chronicles a near deportation episode during a college trip Tijuana to finally becoming a proud US citizen ten years later. Featuring those and many other hilarious stories, while sharing some hard-earned lessons, How to American mocks stereotypes while offering tongue in cheek advice on pursuing the American dreams of fame, fortune, and strippers."--

Publisher: New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780306903496
0306903490
Characteristics: xii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Judge, Mike

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The standup comic, actor, and fan favorite on Silicon Valley shares his memoir of growing up as a Chinese immigrant in California, from learning English from BET to nearly being deported during a college trip to Tijuana, and making it in Hollywood while disappointing his parents.


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May 03, 2019

Jimmy talks about some of the outlandish and embarrassing things he's done while growing up, made more funny because this book was written by a comedian. Some of the things we can relate to, regardless of race, because we were young once and crazy for adventure, even if they were only small adventures.
Quite a few gems in here too like his father telling him, "Having you as my son is like winning the lottery ... not the Mega Millions jackpot, but like a small twenty dollar prize."

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lukasevansherman
Jul 21, 2018

Funny book from the actor who plays Jian Yang on "Silicon Valley." While it's about his career, which also included stand-up comedy, extra work, and DJing at a strip club, it's also about the immigrant experience (He was born in Hong Kong.) and adjusting to American culture, which gives it a little more depth and insight that the average comic memoir.

_joanna_ May 03, 2018

Jimmy Ouyang provides a humorous and engaging tale of his transformation from Chinese immigrant to Chinese-American actor and comedian. The book is filled with his insights of the immigrant experience and the millennial mindset.

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