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. ...
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How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents Reviews
The United States is a nation of immigrants. And every single one of those immigrants has a different and unique American experience.
Comedian Jimmy O. Yang is probably best known for his role as Jian Yang on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” He’s also an immigrant; he came to this country as a teenager, moving from Hong Kong to Los Angeles with his family at the age of 13. As you can imagine, it was culture shock of a high order.
Yang’s new book “How to American: An ...more
I don't review nonfiction a lot so I'll need to forgo my normal structure and just give you my thoughts.
I enjoyed the book, O.Yang has a unique voice and his story is one that is familiar to a lot of success stories in Hollywood (eating ramen, barely getting by). But because he's Chinese and he came from where I came from I understood it a bit more of the drive that he had and the trails and tribulations he had to get where he is today. It's an interesting read for me.
I will be honest and say th ...more
I didn't really laugh out loud reading this book but he has some good bits. I had heard an interview with him on NPR and I think they covered some of the funniest moments in the book which made it not as funny to read about it.
Some of his experience is very relatable as an Asian American, but it's also a very heteronormative point of view where strip clubs figure prominently. He has some very nice notes about patriotism and the beauty of the American dream which are not funny but very heartwarmi ...more
Jimmy has navigated a lot of interesting experiences and I'm pleased for his success. Not just in this book, but in his life, he needs to reconsider his frame of reference for every interaction he's had with female human beings. Throughout his narrative we are solely mentioned as hot or not, and how his supposed inability to "score" us somehow relates to his status as a comedian, an Asian immigrant, or with himself. It's a sad, creepy undercurrent to an otherwise charming book. I'm still torn be ...more
I remember seeing saw Jimmy back in the Comedy Palace before he was on TV, but I didn't know who he was. I just remembered going up to him at the end of his set and telling him, he killed his set. Up to that point in time as a college student I've never seen someone do such good comedy in a conservative city like San Diego. I only put 2 and 2 together when I saw this familiar face doing stand up on Arsenio Hall's return.
It's another genuine story from an immigrant who kept his chin up no matter ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it was funny and smart and ended before I was ready to be finished with it. I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I expected to, as I'd never heard of Jimmy O. Yang, or seen anything he's been in prior to getting it.
Lucky for me, it turned out to be a good experience. After reading the foreword by Mike Judge, I learned that Jimmy was born in Hong Kong and moved to the US just before starting high school. He learned English by watching BET, the Black ...more
I think there's some kind of trend going on because this was the third book I read this year written by a stand-up comedian. Actually, I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jimmy himself. I first found out about Jimmy through HBO's Silicon Valley series. His deadpan delivery with a thick Chinese accent made me curious about who this dude was but the real life Jian Yang couldn't be more different. The audiobook was light, funny and though provoking at times and I found myself cracking up someti ...more
You may know Jimmy O. Yang from HBO's Silicon Valley, where he plays Jian Yang. "How to American" chronicles his life leading up to the show, from his stint as a child ping-pong star in Hong Kong to his job as a strip club DJ in San Diego. That should give you a taste of how varied (and often unbelieveable) his experiences are. Whether he's recounting an awkward moment from his youth or just last year, he will definitely make you laugh. And cringe. But mostly laugh.
There are two things I look fo ...more