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How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents Paperback – Illustrated, 14 January 2020
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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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one of my new favorite memoirs!20 March 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
inspiring and relatable and equally hilarious. so much to laugh about if you are chinese (those "little plastic chairs for sitting on the kitchen floor..." had me laughing so hard), so much empathy if you are an american chinese ("following your dreams is how you become homeless..."), and so much wisdom that anyone could take to heart ("being american is opportunity and choice..."). one of my new favorite memoirs!
28 people found this helpful
A must read23 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
I think Jimmy’s experience resonates with many, if not all, Asian Americans. For example, I can relate to putting aside my career dreams for a more acceptable choice because I did not want to become poor or homeless. I also know all too well how regardless of whether you’re fresh off the boat, American born or a 2nd/3rd etc generation Asian American-how well you assimilate means nothing because you are still seen as a foreigner. This book was a great read with wonderful insight, it made me laugh and cry.
17 people found this helpful
Marc B Kaplanes
Funny and honest15 May 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
You feel like he’s a buddy from school who followed his dream and made it big. But was still your buddy.
23 people found this helpful
Awesome read. Highly recommended.8 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Wow. I have been a fan of Jimmy O. Yang for a good while, and I must say this was a very well written autobiography of an immigrant who overcame adversity to achieve what he ultimately considers his American Dream. I'm a fan of underdog stories, and I honestly read this book from beginning to end in one day. It was difficult to stop reading without satisfying my curiosity about Mr. O. Yang's journey into success while also finding his experiences somewhat similar to my own. I hope, one day, Mr. O. Yang translates this into a feature film to which I would most definitely watch. A must read for anyone who has ever felt like an underdog who feels they can't win; an outsider trying to fit in; a seemingly hopeless visionary fighting to make their dreams a reality; a person who may feel foreign yet familiar in their own skin within different worlds. Thank you, Mr. O. Yang, for sharing your story; it is truly inspirational.
14 people found this helpful
I would recommend this book to everyone who moved from Asia to ...26 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I would recommend this book to everyone who moved from Asia to America. Jimmy is a funny guy; his jokes made my stomach hurt from laughing too much. Even though I didn't know Jimmy was an actor and half of his book focused on his way to success in Hollywood, I still think this book is inspiring and worth the read.
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