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How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents Hardcover – Illustrated, 13 March 2018

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0306903490
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0306903496
  • Customer reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 333 ratings

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"[A] funny and breezy memoir...Yang inspires with his hard work and assertion that the American dream is real."--Booklist

"As the political debate over immigration policy roars on under the Trump administration, Yang says his book attempts to 'humanize' the immigrant experience. It's the good, the bad, and the awkward moments of a new American that every human being can relate to."
--Huffington Post, -

"Hilarious, heartfelt, and inspiring, How to American captures the Asian-American experience. A must-read for everyone."
--Ken Jeong, comedian, actor, The Hangover

"HILARIOUS! Reading this book is like sitting at lunch with your funniest friend whose stories make you laugh until milk comes shooting out your nose. Jimmy O. Yang will teach you how to American like a pro!"--Kevin Kwan, international bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

"Jimmy is not funny."
--Jimmy's dad

"On the show, Jian-Yang ruthlessly mocks his start-up incubator roomies, sparing no elaborate scheme to make them look and feel stupid. But the real Yang is a warm, tender guy, as evidenced by his new book...Riffing on the comic misadventures he amassed while evolving from young Chinese immigrant to stand-up comedian to strip club DJ to television star, Yang writes with an empathetic tone about his parents, his struggles with the opposite sex, and, of course, the lessons he picked up watching rap videos on BET."--Flood Magazine

"The 'Silicon Valley' star blends humor and pathos in his coming-of-age memoir, revealing the intricacies of life as a Chinese immigrant."
--New York Times Book Review, -

"The stand-up comedian and actor, best known for playing the prank-call-loving Jian-Yang on the HBO tech comedy, brings his storytelling abilities from the screen to the page with his debut book. Subtitled An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, the book documents Yang's journey from Chinese immigrant to television star."
--Entertainment Weekly, -

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"[A] hilarious but heartfelt memoir."
--The Wrap

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.

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