How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents (Hardcover)

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By Jimmy O. Yang, Mike Judge (Foreword by)
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Yang (star of HBO's Silicon Valley) is excruciatingly revealing about his life growing up as a Chinese immigrant who wants nothing more than to blend in.  Learning English and American culture from watching endless hours of BET.  

Cringingly politically incorrect, some readers might take offense.  (I actually listened to the audio, which I highly recommend!!!)  When it comes to women, Yang's view seems to still be stuck in images of 90s rappers on yachts surrounded by women in thongs...his persistent idea of the American dream.  It's a little distracting, if funny.  And sort of gross.  

Anyway...Yang concludes the book with an impassioned plea for fair treatment if immigrants as individuals first, not their ethnicities, and an inspiring account of his revelations about his own identity.  Worth the price of the book, for sure.  I actually had tears in my eyes at the end.  

And I laughed a lot.  We all need that.  

— Kelly

Yang (star of HBO's Silicon Valley) is excruciatingly revealing about his life growing up as a Chinese immigrant who wants nothing more than to blend in.  Learning English and American culture from watching endless hours of BET.  

Cringingly politically incorrect, some readers might take offense.  (I actually listened to the audio, which I highly recommend!!!)  When it comes to women, Yang's view seems to still be stuck in images of 90s rappers on yachts surrounded by women in thongs...his persistent idea of the American dream.  It's a little distracting, if funny.  And sort of gross.  

Anyway...Yang concludes the book with an impassioned plea for fair treatment if immigrants as individuals first, not their ethnicities, and an inspiring account of his revelations about his own identity.  Worth the price of the book, for sure.  I actually had tears in my eyes at the end.  

And I laughed a lot.  We all need that.  

— From Kelly

Description


Standup comic, actor and fan favorite from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley 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.

About the Author


Multi-faceted actor, stand-up comedian, and writer Jimmy O. Yang is best known for his portrayal of hilarious intern Jian Yang on HBO's Emmy-nominated comedy series Silicon Valley. Born in Hong Kong, Yang made his television debut on the CBS series 2 Broke Girls and his first late-night stand-up appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, where he received a rare standing ovation. Other television credits include DirecTV's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, CBS' Battle Creek and Criminal Minds, FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is currently recurring on TruTV's half hour comedy series, Those Who Can't. Yang is based in Los Angeles.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780306903496
ISBN-10: 0306903490
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English