How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy O. Yang (Narrated by Jimmy O. Yang)

Hilarious But Also Full Of Interesting Stories

4.5 out of 5 stars

I didn’t realize just how much I was going to enjoy this book until I was in tears from laughing on my way into work.  I listen to audiobooks in my car and this was absolutely hilarious.  So funny (especially the chapter about working with T.J. Miller) that I think people thought I was crazy in my car.

Jimmy O. Yang – better known as Jian Yang on the hit tv-show Silicon Valley came to America as a young child.  He spent his early childhood learning how to speak English watching BET.  And became a stand-up, not for not-so-normal reasons. How To American tells these stories and many others about the life of Jimmy O. Yang so far.

I knew Jian Yang — aka Jimmy from Silicon Valley.  When I saw that he wrote a book I was on board. I did not know he was a standup comedian (I love all things standup related). I also didn’t know pretty much anything about him before reading this.  I’m really glad I took the 6 hours to read this one.  Jimmy is a hilarious and thoughtful writer – who would make me laugh one second talking about how his dad would insult him and in the next moment would make me think deeply about the people around me.

That’s the thing about this book and Jimmy in general – they are full of surprises.  Silicon Valley fans will be happy that there are about 3 chapters around the show along with one really funny one about his interaction with T.J. Miller – “I eat the fish”. But How To American has so much more in it.  I loved the stories about his early “rap” career along with the stories related to being a strip club DJ.

How To American was so much more than I expected and I’m thrilled.  Jimmy is a fascinating guy and I can’t wait to see where his career takes him.

Book Description:

How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy O. Yang (Narrated by Jimmy O. Yang) four-half-stars
How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy O. Yang
Narrator: Jimmy O. Yang
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
Published by Hachette Audio on March 13th 2018
Genres: Comedy, Memoir
Pages: 240
Format: Audiobook
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Stand-up 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 stand-up 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's Rap City 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 to Tijuana to finally becoming a proud US citizen 10 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.

four-half-stars

Brian

I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
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