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How to American : an immigrant's guide to disappointing your parents /

by Yang, Jimmy O [author.]; Judge, Mike [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2018.Edition: First edition.Description: xii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780306903496; 0306903490.Subject(s): Yang, Jimmy O | Asian American actors -- Biography | Asian American comedians -- Biography | Actors -- United States -- Biography | Comedians -- United States -- Biography | Assimilation (Sociology) -- Humor | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Cultural, Ethnic & Regional | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Entertainment & Performing Arts | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Personal Memoirs | HUMOR -- Essays | Autobiographies | Biography | Humor | Autobiographies | Humor
Contents:
How to Asian -- How to immigrant -- How to thuglife -- How to get high -- How to stand up -- How to strip club DJ -- How to make it -- How to Silicon Valley -- How to Hollywood -- How to American.
Summary: "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."-- Amazon.com.
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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.<br> <br> "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." <br> <br> 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. <br>

How to Asian -- How to immigrant -- How to thuglife -- How to get high -- How to stand up -- How to strip club DJ -- How to make it -- How to Silicon Valley -- How to Hollywood -- How to American.

"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."-- Amazon.com.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. vii)
  • Prologue (p. xi)
  • 1 How to Asian (p. 1)
  • 2 How to Immigrant (p. 23)
  • 3 How to Thuglife (p. 41)
  • 4 How to Get High (p. 65)
  • 5 How to Stand Up (p. 85)
  • 6 How to Strip Club DJ (p. 111)
  • 7 How to Make It (p. 131)
  • 8 How to Silicon Valley (p. 153)
  • 9 How to Hollywood (p. 181)
  • 10 How to American (p. 205)
  • Epilogue (p. 221)

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